Tina Knowles celebrated her first grandchild, Daniel “Julez” Smith Jr., on Friday with an Instagram post. The 69-year-old posted a clip of the 19-year-old surrounded by his family on his special day as they serenaded “Happy Birthday To You.” Tina’s youngest daughter, Solange Knowles, shares her only child, Smith Jr., with her ex-husband, Daniel Smith.  


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“Happy Birthday Julez! And happy Graduation! We love you and are so proud of you. This is the song Happy Birthday when you get a bunch of singers together. The party was great @solangeknowles you did that !!!,” Tina wrote.

In the clip, Julez sat at the head of a long table as he smiled, clapped, and prepared to blow out the candles on his birthday cake. Solange had Julez at nearly 18 years old in 2004, according to AOL. In 2014, during an Elle interview, the 37-year-old admitted that being a teenage mother was a bittersweet time and remembers her days of loneliness. She also revealed that at the time, she couldn’t see a foreseeable future in her music and acting career.

“It was one of the most bittersweet moments of my life,” she told Elle. “Because I was so in love with Julez, and having spent a lot of time on the road, I yearned to be in one place, to have the opportunity to really ground myself with him. But it was isolating and lonely and so cold and dark. And it was just Julez and me most of the time. It was hard to imagine being able to progress in my career in any way.”

Julez is surrounded by influential women, including his grandmother Tina, his multitalented and successful mother, his superstar aunt Beyonce, and his first cousin Blue Ivy. Recently, on TikTok, Julez revealed to fans that he has a regular close-knit relationship with his auntie. His explanation video came after fans asked if he and Beyoncé texted each other.

“Do you text your aunt? I feel like everyone texts their aunt,” he said.“I don’t look at her as… I mean, of course, I know, but bro, that’s just like my auntie. Just like how your auntie is your auntie,” he said before closing out the video.