Secrets the Knowles family is trying to hide

Before Beyoncé Knowles released her visual album, Lemonade, in April 2016, many fans and critics speculated that it was going to be a musical way to serve her husband, rapper and mogul Jay-Z, with divorce papers. When the record landed, it was painfully obvious that the couple had been through the ringer, but the specifics remained intentionally murky. Beyoncé presented herself as a woman scorned who was using her personal struggles as source material, emerging stronger on the other side. However, Lemonade raised more questions than it answered, not just about Jay-Z, but the entire Knowles family. The album may have opened our eyes and ears, but Beyoncé and her kin are still keeping some secrets close to the vest.

Mathew pushed Beyoncé into show business

Beyoncé loves her work, but those close to her have hinted that her career is largely due to her father's dreams for fame and fortune–not her own.

LaTavia Roberson, one of the founding members of Destiny's Child, told The Mirror that Mathew Knowles' strict training and rehearsal regimen for the girls—when they were as young as 11—may have hurt them. "It was ­rehearse, rehearse, ­rehearse... he was like a drill sergeant," Roberson said. "...There was a three-and-a-half mile track and we would sing while we jogged around it. Then we would go to the house and ­rehearse. That's what our days consisted of, seven days a week. Looking back, working that hard did cost us our childhood."

Beyoncé's cousin, Angela Beyince, told Out magazine: "As a child...I'd go to watch Beyoncé perform, and she was probably 5 years old—beauty pageants, whatever Houston had, she was there performing with a mic in her hand...and then she'd go back and play. She never reveled in it." Angela added, "I do believe that if she could sing under a secret identity and still affect people and touch their lives that she'd rather not be famous. That, if she had her choice, she'd rather take off her shoes and do cartwheels in the park. That's really who she'd like to be."

The family doesn't like Rihanna

There have been rumors for years that Beyoncé's camp doesn't exactly love her husband's mentee, Rihanna. The Barbadian beauty was rumored to be the subject of Bey's hit "Ring The Alarm." Page Six reported that Jay-Z and Solange's infamous elevator fight in May 2014 partially stemmed from Hov's closeness to RiRi. Prior to that incident, in August 2009, Beyoncé's own cousin, Marlon Beyince, slammed Rihanna on Twitter, claiming that her singing voice sounds "like a cat hurt in the alley."

Beyonce and her dad are estranged

In 2011, Beyoncé fired her father, who had served as her manager since her youth and the Destiny's Child days. While many saw it as a power move for Bey to wrest control of her career, others believed it was a deliberate act to separate herself from her dad because he had cheated on her mother. There were rumors that relations were so strained between father and daughter that Mathew did not even have a relationship with his grandchildren.

Mathew addressed the allegations, saying he was surprised by the content of Lemonade, including "Daddy Lessons," the song that seems to reference him. He admitted he doesn't know how literal his daughter was being on her album. "Well, I can only speculate like everyone else," he told WatchLOUD. "And I think the genius in this body of work that Beyoncé has done is she has us all speculating and she has us all letting our minds expand on her words and the expansion of them." 

He said he doesn't care if people think he and Bey aren't close. "I choose to let the press say whatever they want and let people say whatever they want," he said. "It's nobody's business how much I see my daughter or my grandkids, that's something personal that I care not to share."

Beyonce's dad allegedly stole money

After Beyonce and her father parted ways on a professional level, it was widely reported that the singer had axed him after an audit revealed he'd pilfered money from her. According to TMZ, Mathew denied such claims and blamed the controversy on Live Nation Entertainment wanting to replace him with one of their own.

The wedding no show

When Mathew wed model Gena Avery in 2013, Beyoncé and her little sister, Solange Knowles, both opted to skip the nuptials, according to the New York Daily News. 

Mathew said his famous daughters had previous engagements which prevented them from attending. Weddings generally aren't last minute, so it seems pretty shady that neither Bey nor Sol could clear their calendars for dear ol' dad and his new bride. The sisters joint absence seems pretty telling, no?

The half-brother

Beyoncé and Solange have a half-brother named Nixon Knowles who, at age 4, was reportedly forced to move into a trailer park with his mom, actress Alexsandra Wright, after a judge drastically reduced Mathew's child support payments in 2014, according to the Daily Mail. We don't hear much about Nixon, who is a love child conceived while Mathew was still married to Tina Knowles. In 2014, The Mirror reported that Beyoncé had never met her little brother.

The half-sister

Aside from Solange and Beyoncé's half-brother, they may also have a half-sister. In October 2014, a woman named Taqoya Branscomb told Inside Edition (via the Daily Mail) that Mathew was the father of her daughter, Koi, who was then 4 years old. TMZ reported that Mathew took a court-ordered paternity test which determined that he was, in fact, Koi's father.

Tina Knowles has scientology links

Beyoncé's mother and stylist, Tina Knowles, has moved on and remarried. In 2015, she wed actor Richard Lawson, who is connected to Scientology, according to Radar Online. That may seem somewhat innocuous, but when coupled with the long-running rumors that Beyoncé and Jay-Z are members of the Illuminati secret society, the family's emerging counterculture connections pique our curiosity.

The Solange vs Jay-Z elevator brawl

Beyoncé stood idly by while her sister attacked her husband in an elevator at the 2014 Met Gala in New York. After video footage leaked, everyone wondered what the heck Hova did to inspire the ire of Bey's baby sister. Every major media outlet was hot on the case, but the trio put up a unified front and remained tight-lipped, issuing a simple statement to CNN:

"...Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family. The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false. At the end of the day, families have problems and we're no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We've put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same."

Yes, all families have problems, but Solange was going for the jugular. Word is she didn't like how cozy her brother-in-law was getting with his ex-business partner's ex-wife—still with us? That would be Damon Dash's ex, Rachel Roy, who many think is the "Becky with the good hair" referenced in a track called "Sorry" on Beyoncé's Lemonade.

Cheating may run in the Knowles family

In her epic visual album Lemonade, Beyoncé hinted that cheating husbands may be a family curse going back generations. 

In one interlude, Beyoncé says, "The past and the future merge to meet us here. What luck. What a f***ing curse." Later, she says, "My grandma said nothing real can be threatened. True love brought salvation back into me. With every tear came redemption. And my torture became my remedy." 

In yet another spoken word segment on the album, Beyoncé shares her grandmother's lemonade recipe, then says, "Grandmother. The alchemist. You spun gold out of this hard life. Conjured beauty from the things left behind. Found healing where it did not live. Discovered the antidote in your own kitchen. Broke the curse with your own two hands. You past these instructions down to your daughter, who then passed them down to her daughter."

Beyoncé also hints at her own father's infidelities in "Daddy Lessons," singing, "Daddy warned me about men like you, he said, 'Baby girl, he's playing you...When trouble comes in town, men like me come around.'"

All of this is in addition to Jay-Z reportedly cheating on Bey, which he confirms—and for which he apologizes profusely—in his 4:44 album.

Beyoncé almost divorced Jay-Z

Beyoncé and Jay-Z almost split after she reportedly busted him cheating on her–so says one of Bey's cousins, who spilled the beans to the press.

Shanica Knowles told Heat magazine (via BET) in May 2016: "[Beyoncé has] admitted that she still may end up divorcing him. It's up to Jay to continue fighting for her and prove that he's determined to do whatever it takes to keep his wife..." Shanica added, "This has been a long process and I've heard they've had to deal with silent separations and splits over the past few years... this is now make or break for them, but Bey's determined to do everything she can to make it work."

In the summer of 2017, Jay-Z confirmed that he almost lost his wife. In the rapper's "Footnotes of 4:44" video, he claims he had to beg Bey not to leave him after he partied way too hard and way too often.