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‘Fell Down Steps and Got Her Hair Stuck In a Fan’: Mathew Knowles Opens Up About Teaching Daughters Beyoncé and Solange on How to ‘Practice Failure’

Mathew Knowles, dad and former manager to singing superstars Beyoncé and Solange, took to his Twitter account this week where he shared some helpful tips he taught his daughters throughout their musical careers — coupled with their talents — that have made them the respected entertainers they are today. 

“One thing I taught Beyoncé and Solange was to practice failure,” the music executive wrote alongside a collage photo of the “Naive” musicians. Mathew recalled different scenarios he’d test, looking to see if the girls were taking note. “We would practice how they’d respond if their microphone got cut off, if their shoes broke on stage, if the wrong song got queued in their performance set,” he continued before adding, “Anything can happen…”

Beyonce Knowles with father Matthew, sister Solange and mother Tina arriving at the world premiere of “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

In a later post, the industry veteran noted that the pair “were always prepared to have a response!” Speaking directly to aspiring creatives reading, “I would like for you to consider the same lesson. Whether you’re a performer or artist, or an entrepreneur or professional, practice how you’ll respond in the event you fail.” He said, “ It’s a skill that can and should be developed!”

Mathew’s reputable advice resonated with many readers, including one Twitter user who wrote, “Great advice, I think responding positively to any negatively perceived outcome is a sign of personal growth and shows that you can adapt to the situations around you.” They shared, “I used to hate failing, but I learned that there is always experience to be gained.”

On Instagram, where several outlets had shared his post, fans found themselves going down memory lane, recalling several moments where the veteran stars gracefully avoided otherwise what could have been showstopping mishaps. 

“Yep, cause when Bey’s shoes was falling while dancing with Solange she didn’t miss a beat,” one Instagram user wrote, referring to the 40-year-old star’s 2018 Coachella performance.

Another person added, “Beyonce fell down them steps and got right back up and slayed the stage.” “And he did that,” applauded a third critic. “Beyoncé fell down Steps and got her hair stuck in a fan and kept performing that will forever be amazing work ethic to me.”

As many may remember, the “Break My Soul” singer, who is set to release her highly anticipated seventh studio album “Renaissance” on July 29, proved the show must go on during a performance of her Grammy Award-winning single “Halo” in 2013. 

As she was singing from an audience pit, her hair got caught in a fan mounted on the edge of the stage.  In true Beyoncé fashion, the “Single Ladies” singer continued singing while security guards tried to resolve the situation. 

Following the incident, the singer posted a handwritten note on Instagram reworking the lyrics to Halo to include the line: “Gravity can’t begin to pull me out of the fan again.”

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