As a teen, Solange was a backup dancer for Destiny's Child, putting the youngster on the road with her sister, Beyonce. But the Knowles sisters' relationship got a real boost when they were apart, as Solange tells the New York magazine website Vulture.
Solange, who got pregnant at 17, says that she and Bey got "super-duper close" around that time. The younger sister married her son Julez's father, Daniel Smith, moving with him to Idaho, where he was playing college football. Being a mom came easier to Solange than marriage did, and she says that she found solace in her chats with Bey.
"Every time there was drama and I was all the way in Idaho, it was nice to be able to call," Solange tells Vulture. "Now it’s kind of a reversal, with her getting married and having a baby after me."
Solange's marriage to Smith ended by the time she was 21. Now at 26, she's making a home in Brooklyn, with her son, Julez, and boyfriend, director Alan Ferguson. The move from Los Angeles to New York City put Solange closer to family, including Beyonce, brother-in-law, Jay-Z and niece, Blue Ivy, on the East Coast.
Julez and his baby cousin see each other often, Solange says. "Blue comes over, I babysit," Solange explains. "[Beyonce] takes Julez sometimes for the weekend. [Blue] and Julez are going to grow up more like sister and brother than cousins."
Uncle Jay-Z has, apparently, made an impression on young Julez. Solange says the 8-year-old writes raps, and he "loves it." His mom has been doing some writing of her own. Solange's new EP True is due out November 27, and Vulture reports that a full-length album is slated for release early next year.
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