Blood, they say, is thicker than water. When Matthew Knowles and Beyonce ended their business relationship earlier this week, both stressed the fact that family is still family. "He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly," Beyonce said in her statement.
"I love my daughter and I'm very proud of who she is and all that she has achieved," Mathew echoed. All things considered, they handled the split with grace. But celebrity families are almost never drama-free. Here's a look at the good, the bad, and the awkward.
Roseanne & Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash's game-changing sound inspired a generation of musicians, among them his eldest daughter Roseanne. When she turned 18, her father gave her a list of what he considered essential American songs after learning that her music knowledge was limited to the songs on the radio.
She took poppa's gift of music and made a stable and successful career out of it. The two teamed up on the quietly wounded "September When It Comes," which appears on Rosanne's Rules of Travel album.
Beyonce & Mathew Knowles: We'll never know exactly what went down in the Knowles household, but from this vantage point, their relationship seemed like it was rooted in respect. Poppa Knowles was incredibly protective of Beyonce and sister Solange. He helped launch Bey's career and watched her grow from a pop tart to a global phenom.
With more success came more scrutiny. Gossip rags in search of dirt finally struck a treasure chest when TMZ reported that Mathew Knowles had fathered a child with actress Alexsandra Wright while married to Tina Knowles. That rare scandal probably played a role in their split, but sometimes it's okay to say "goodbye."
Miley & Billy Ray Cyrus: In 2008, Annie Leibovitz photographed a 15-year-old Miley Cyrus (Disney's Hannah Montana) and country-singer dad Billy Ray Cyrus in the picturesque hills of Calabasas, Calif. That shot of America's sweetheart topless and wrapped in a white sheet set gave parents of her teenage fans a panic attack.
Equally despised was the photo of Miley resting her head on her dad's lap. Vanity Fair was clearly trying to portray her as a "daddy's girl," but they made daddy look like a creep instead. The whole thing was just tacky. Musically, you're looking at the worst father-daughter pair in history.
Jessica & Joe Simpson: Jessica Simpson's life has played out like one huge comedy skit, and her dad-manager added to the embarrassment when he joked about Jessica's puppies in a 2004 interview. Joe Simpson, a former Baptist minister, bragged that his daughter couldn't help looking seductive, because her huge DDs are impossible to cover up.
"Jessica never tries to be sexy," gushed Joe Simpson. "She just is sexy. If you put her in a T-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she's sexy in both. She's got double D's! You can't cover those suckers up!" Awk-waaard.
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Charlotte & Serge Gainsbourg: Serge Gainsbourg, though a remarkably gifted songwriter, spent a good chunk of his career making people squirm in their seats. The French singer wrote all but one song on his daughter's 1986 debut, Lemon Incest, including the songs "Oh, Daddy Oh," "Don't Forget to Forget Me," and the previously released title track.
The controversy-baiting video for "Lemon Incest" showed a half-naked Gainsbourg lying on a bed with daughter Charlotte, who was then 12 years old and only clad in shirt and panties. These lyrics paint a vivid portrait of the type of shock value Monsieur Gainsbourg was going for: "L'amour que nous ne ferons jamais ensemble/ Est le plus beau le plus troublant/ Le plus pur le plus enivrant."
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Here's the English translation, according to Google Translate): "The love that we will never make together/ is the most beautiful, the most violent/ The most pure, the most exhilarating"
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