'How did I do as a big sister?' Beyonce interviews Solange

Beyoncé's fame and her willingness to talk to reporters have an easily observable inverse relationship: despite being arguably more famous now than she ever has been, the singer hardly ever speaks to the press, preferring to let her work speak for itself.

But, while she may be averse to answering questions, Bey has demonstrated she is more than happy to ask them, speaking to her sister Solange for Interviewmagazine.

The first question Beyoncé asked her younger sister was, "Are you exhausted?" (Solange had travelled to New York after a parent-teacher interview at her son's school in New Orleans. Her answer? "Yeah.")

The interview is filled with cute moments between the musical sisters, and insights into their relationship.

"I'm so happy to interview you because, clearly, I'm your biggest fan and I'm super proud of you," Beyoncé said, before revealing she knew when a 10-year-old Solange would lock herself in her room writing songs that she would grow up to "be something super special".

After being asked what inspired her to take such a central role in the production of her music, Solange said having lived alongside a "master class" like her sister helped.

Moving to the home front, the sisters' conversation revealed their mother Tina Knowles may be known for a classic parent text message or five.

"What is the funniest text you got from our mum this week?" Beyoncé asked Solange, before deciding it was "too personal". "You've got to love Mama Tina," she added.

Once in her sister's shadow, the past few years have seen Solange grow into an artist in her own right. Last year, her fourth album, A Seat at the Table, reached number one in the US.

Speaking about their childhood in Houston, Texas, Solange said it was a key part in her developing a womanist* personal ideology.

"I got to grow up in a place where you could be the pastor's wife, you could be a lawyer, you could be a stripper on the side, you could be a schoolteacher — we saw every kind of woman connect on one common experience, which was that everyone wanted to be great and everyone wanted to do better," she said.

"And we really became womanist because of that. And that's the thing that I carry with me the most, being able to go out into the world and connect with women of all kinds."

In closing their chat, Beyoncé seemed to leave the biggest question to last asking, "Honestly, growing up, how did I do as a big sister?"

Luckily, the answer was flattering.

"You did a kickass job," Solange replied. "You were the most patient, loving, wonderful sister ever. In the 30 years that we've been together, I think we've only really, like, butted heads... we can count on one hand."

"I was expecting something funny, but I'll take it," Beyonce said. "Thank you."

You can read the full interview here.


Happy Birthday to my sis!I love you deep.

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*Womanism is a feminist term created by The Colour Purple author Alice Walker. It refers to a feminist ideology that is inclusive of and prioritises black voices.

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