For as long as I can remember, there have been people who have questioned Beyoncé’s age.
Despite the reality that Beyoncé’s entire background has been chronicled again and again for well over a decade now, these folks clamor for any sign that she may be lying about being born in 1981. Why? I assume because it would be a taint on the stature of someone who often conveys perfection, thus making them feel better about themselves. These types represent the sect of humanity I refer to as “lessers.” I mean, how pathetic do you have to be to take joy in Beyoncé purportedly being a few years older than advertised. It is not as if this would magically make them any less of a wack ass.
In any event, the talk had died down but has resurged thanks to an interview Mathew Knowles gave to Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club.” In it, Knowles, shared a story about Destiny’s Child and it prompted members of Scooby Doo and the Misery Machine to go, “A-HA! We’ve finally got her.”
The story in question goes as follows:
“[Destiny’s Child] had a competitiveness, L.A Reid had a rival girl group at the time, and I’ll bet you don’t know who the lead singer was… It was Pink! And she was the exact same age as Beyoncé. Then you had Usher, who was the same age, they were all 14 or 15 years old, living in Atlanta.”
So, Pink is 36-years-old and Usher is 37. To the self-appointed online detectives, this is confirmation that something is awry. These people are morons. Like, the children former president George W. Bush warned about being left behind.
Mathew Knowles is 63-years-old, has two kids with his former wife, Tina Knowles Lawson, and two more he made in what most would consider the nadir of his professional life in the music industry. After all, Mathew is not managing Beyoncé anymore, and while he still can claim to represent Destiny’s Child, the three members have noticeably worked with each other in recent years, only making sure not to go with their group’s title. Needless to say, Mathew is trying his damndest to get some attention.
Beyond that, again, the man is 63-years-old. Not to be an ageist, but my mama is in her 60s and she doesn’t remember how old I am either. Hell, in her 40s and 50s she referred to me with my brother’s name. My sister is nowhere near Mathew’s age and she always has to ask me everyone else in our family’s ages.
So, this isn’t an example of a mystery being solved so much as it is an AARP member with a whole lot on his mind these days goofing up. You also have to contend that when you’re an adult much less a father, all teenagers tend to be lumped together. I don’t pay any mind to the different between a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old unless Tyga is around.
Before going to Clive Davis’ J Records, Alicia Keys was once signed to Columbia Records. I distinctly remember her telling old stories about seeing Destiny’s Child around that time. Guess how old she is? 34. She, too, was born in 1981. Insert spooky music here, you damn conspiracy theorists.
Now, let me also add that I am 31-years-old and from Houston, Texas. I went to the same middle school as Beyoncé – shout out to Welch – only I had just missed her when I entered. A lot of us from Houston who are Black, were born in the 1980s, and from the southside of the city can attest to hearing stories about Destiny’s Child on their way up.
My younger brother went to middle school with Solange. I used to have classes with LeToya Luckett’s younger brother. I also graduated in the same class with Solange’s first husband. I mean, it doesn’t go for much since Beyoncé and I aren’t regularly hanging out eating vegan versions of Popeye’s biscuits, but my point is, if any of the original members of Destiny’s Child were lying about their ages, they would have been put on blast several years ago.
People are petty that way.
So, to the skeptics of the world, repeat after me: Beyonce is not lying about her age. She was born in 1981. One interview with dubious remarks from an older Black gentleman does not change that. I need to get over it.