How Matthew Knowles Really Felt When Beyoncé Began Dating Jay-Z?

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are among the top favorite couples in Hollywood. They’ve proven that Hollywood romances can stand the test of time by refusing to conform to the celebrity status quo of having all the details of their marriage on display. Almost 20 years after their journey began, they’ve set a different standard. 

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It’s hard to believe that at one point, Beyoncé and Jay-Z dating caused havoc amongst fans and onlookers. Many found the two to be an odd pair. She was a pop star and he was viewed as a rough rapper. Another issue that often came up was their age difference. As there’s a 12-year gap between them and it was speculated that they began dating before Beyoncé turned 18. They’d later clarify their dating timeline to combat rumors.

But how did Beyoncé’s father, Matthew Knowles feel when his daughter began dating the hip hop entrepreneur. He recently spoke about what his initial thoughts were in an interview with YouTube vlogger, DJ Vlad.

A look back at Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s love affair

Beyoncé and Jay-Z met when the singer was 18. She had a brief cameo in his 2001 music video for “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” along with her Destiny’s Child group members. In a 2008 interview with Seventeen Magazine, she revealed that they began dating when she was 19-years-old. Jay-Z later confirmed that they were “just beginning to try to date each other.” around the time that they both appeared on a 2001 music issue of Vanity Fair. A year later, Beyoncé made her solo debut on a collaboration with her beau in “03 Bonnie and Clyde.”

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Despite paparazzi catching photos of the two all around the globe together, they both refused to acknowledge their relationship, with Beyoncé citing the need for privacy. Neither spoke about their relationship and they dogged questions in interviews. They continued to create musical magic together, with hits like “Crazy In Love” and Deja Vu,” which were her lead singles from her first two solo albums. Rumors of an engagement swirled all throughout their relationship but they officially married on April 4, 2008.  She confirmed they were married in an interview with Essence Magazine later that year.

They welcomed their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in 2012. They hit a rough patch that included infidelity that they both spoke about on their respective albums – Beyoncé with Lemonade and Jay-Z with 4:44. They completed two largely successful joint tours and overcome their marital hardships when they welcomed their twins, Sir and Rumi Carter, and renewed their vows in a beautiful ceremony for their 10-year wedding anniversary. 

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The Carters continue to be powerhouses, both individually and collectively. They’ve scaled back on their work in recent years to focus on love and family.

How did Matthew Knowles feel about Beyoncé dating Jay-Z?

In his recent interview with Vlad TV, when pressed about his initial thoughts on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s relationship – and specifically how he felt about his daughter dating a “gangster rapper” –  Knowles says that he never took issue with it.

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“I never got involved with their personal relationships,” he admitted. “I can only say as a father that I hope I instilled with them the values that they’d want to look for in a man.”

Knowles said that Beyoncé’s tribute song to him, “Daddy,” where she speaks on her love and admiration for her father while wishing to find a partner just like him, coupled with her lasting relationship with Jay-Z is proof that he succeeded in his fatherly role. 

He also sarcastically shot back at the “gangster rapper” claim, asking Vlad, “How do you know I’m not a gangster? I’ve been in the music industry for over 30 years.”

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She has her father’s stamp of approval and that’s what matters most!