Grammy-winning U.S. R&B singer Beyonce Knowles' parents are getting divorced.
Beyonce's Mom Tina Knowles, age 55 filed for divorce against her husband Mathew Knowles, age 58 who is Beyonce's Dad and manager. The divorce petition was filed in a Houston, Texas court recently. Apparently Tina didn't cite any official reason for terminating their 29 year union, only that they have been living "separate lives" for many months and there is no chance of a reconciliation. There are even reports that the couple haven't been living together since January.
There has been much speculation about the divorce filing following a paternity claim made against the pop singer's father. Matthew Knowles was the target of an October paternity case in which actress Alexandra Wright of Los Angeles has alleged that Matthew is the father of her unborn child. Beyonce, in particular, was said to be outraged at her father after the paternity suit filing by Wright.
The only comments from Mathew and Tina suggest that the split will be amicable, with them remaining friends, parents and business partners.
Mathew and Tina both played pivotal roles in the rise of Destiny's Child and 28-year-old Beyonce. Mathew managed the band, Tina designed the costumes and she now has her own line of clothes named the House of Dereon, which she and Beyonce opened in 2004. They are also parents to, Beyonce's younger sister, 25-year-old singer Solange Knowles.
Beyonce will continue to do what she does best, which is work the heck out of a stage, when she embarks on a two-week extension of her I Am Tour. The singer has added on dates for her tour and will perform in South America and The Caribbean beginning in February 2010. Also coming in February 2010 is Beyonce's new fragrance "Heat."