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Posted by Maria Shriver on Friday, May 11, 2018
Tina Knowles Lawson discussed how she put her daughters Solange and Beyoncé in counseling early on to deal with Bey’s growing success.
Knowles Lawson opened up to Maria Shriver on her Architects of Change segment on social media Friday.
The pop icon’s mother admitted that she took extra steps to ensure that Solange didn’t feel left in her sister’s shadow. Knowles Lawson made the decision to choose therapy because of the feeling she had towards her own mother growing up. Bey’s mom thought her mother always loved her older brother more.
“I had days that I devoted to [each of them],” Knowles Lawson revealed. “On Wednesdays, I took off from work and that was Solange’s day. She was a lot younger than Beyoncé and it was tough because [Beyoncé] was five years older and Beyoncé was this little superstar in our city.” She did this to prevent her children from thinking they have to compete with each other.
Solange wasn’t the only one benefitting from therapy. Knowles Lawson was also mindful about ensuring the “Formation” singer was more compassionate to her younger sister. “I took them to counseling so that, very early, the counselor could help Beyoncé be more sensitive to Solange. She couldn’t stand her for a minute. You know, they were little, [Solange] was all in her stuff, trying to hang around her and her friends and Beyoncé was really irritated but it made her more sensitive to who her sister was and what she had to deal with because of her.”
Despite Knowles Lawson’s attempt at helping her daughters, it was not met with support from her family. “My family was like you’re going to make them crazy because they’re too young for you to take them, but I wanted Beyoncé to be sensitive to the fact that Solange had to deal with being a little bit in her shadow,” Lawson said. She continued, “It made her way more sensitive and protected and they’re still fiercely protective of each other.”