News: Beyonce & Solange's Parents Call It Quits, File For Divorce

Sunday, Dec 20, 2009 8:00AM

Written by Rosario Harper

The mother and father of R&B superstar Beyonce Knowles, Tina and Mathew Knowles, have announced their filing for divorce after more than 29 years together.

According to reports, the papers were filed last month.

The Grammy-winning diva's mom and partner in design, Tina Knowles, petitioned to divorce her dad and manager, Matthew Knowles, in a Houston court, ending their 29-year marriage. Per court documents filed Nov. 11, her mom did not cite any official reason for terminating the union. (E! Online)

Shortly after the reports made headlines, both Tina and Mathew released a statement confirming their parting ways.

"The decision to end our marriage is an amicable one. We remain friends, parents, and business partners," the couple said in a statement. "If anyone is expecting an ugly messy fight, they will be sadly disappointed. We ask for your respect of our privacy as we handle this matter." (Billboard)

Sources close to the family have said the divorce was in talks for quite some time.

"It's a rough time for the family -- especially over the holidays," the source tells Us. "The kids are sad, but it's been unraveling for some time." (Us Magazine)

Beyonce's parents are known for working closely with their children's careers.

Both parents have played a pivotal role in Beyonce's career, with Mathew quitting his job at IBM nearly 20 years ago to begin managing the singer's early group, Girl's Tyme, which eventually morphed into Destiny's Child. Tina Knowles is a stylist and one of the principals in House of Dereon, a fashion line she helped launched in 2004 with Beyonce. She also designed many of DC's one-of-a-kind costumes early in their career. (MTV)

No further details have been revealed as of now.

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