Tina Knowles Lawson Admits To Taking Beyoncé, Solange To Counseling When They Were Kids
Black mental health matters.
For Tina Knowles Lawson, mental health isn't taboo. She revealed in an exclusive interview with Maria Shriver (around the three-minute mark) Friday that she took her daughters, Beyoncé and Solange to therapy at a young age.
When growing up, the Knowles family matriarch said that she felt her own mother loved her brother more. She didn't want her children to feel the same way or question her love for them, she explained. So in order to keep the sisters from competing for her love, Lawson would devote particular days to each daughter so she could have equal bonding time with them.
"On Wednesdays, I'll take off from work and that was Solange's day," she told Shriver. "She was a lot younger than Beyoncé -- and it was tough because she [Beyoncé] was five years older."
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Beyoncé became a local music sensation in Houston at a young age, Knowles Lawson explained. She wanted the girls to speak to a professional so Beyoncé's fame wouldn't interfere with the pair's relationship.
"I took them to counseling very early so that the counselor could help Beyoncé be more sensitive to Solange because she couldn't stand her for a minute," Lawson recalled.
Additionally, family members would express to her that they could not understand why she would take the girls to counseling at such a young age.
Many of her family members told her that by taking the girls to counseling she would "make them crazy." But she persisted and it paid off. The sessions helped forged a stronger bond between the two -- a bond they would need to navigate stardom.
"They're still fiercely protective of each other," she said.
Check out the full interview below.