Solange Knowles is not your average 20-something-year-old. At 27, she’s already experienced marriage, motherhood and divorce, and she opens up about those experiences in a candid interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
“In a lot of ways, emotionally and mentally, I feel far older than 27,” the mother of 9-year-old son Julez told the magazine. “Just going through a marriage and a divorce — which I essentially did by 21 — will give you an insane amount of perspective on life.”
“Everyone talks about how, in your 30s, all of these growing pains transition into wisdom and you feel more self-assured and confident,” she explained, “but I think I had a bit of a jump-start on that at 27.”
Solange married her son’s father and high school sweetheart Daniel Smith at just 17. After giving birth, she moved to Moscow, Idaho, where Smith was attending college. Although she was a teenage mother, Solo said her son was the biggest blessing she could ask for at the time. “I was lucky with Julez,” she shared. “I was completely lost when we moved to Idaho, out in the country, and I devoted everything to him.”
Although their marriage didn’t last (Knowles filed for divorce in 2006), the fashionista said she and Daniel “co-parent really well.”
“I’m able to say, ‘I need to finish this album, can you step up and take care of the boy?’“ she said.