Solange recently sat down for a great cover — led by her sister, Beyoncé — and the youngest member of the Knowles family just became more relatable than ever.
Solange and Daniel Smith, who have a son together, had been together since they were teenagers. That made their split even harder for Solange, who wrote about it in a song on the album, “Cranes in the Sky.”
“We were junior high school sweethearts, and so much of your identity in junior high is built on who you’re with. You see the world through the lens of how you identify and have been identified at that time,” Solange explained.
“I really had to take a look at myself, outside of being a mother and a wife, and internalize all of these emotions that I had been feeling through that transition. I was working through a lot of challenges at every angle of my life, and a lot of self-doubt, a lot of pity-partying,” she added.
We can all relate to that, TBH. We have to do a lot of soul-searching in our twenties, while we figure out what we want in relationships, friendships, and life itself.
“I think every woman in her twenties has been there — where it feels like no matter what you are doing to fight through the thing that is holding you back, nothing can fill that void,” Solange said.
Fighting that thing that is holding you back is too true. That thing can take many shapes for many people, it can be self-doubt, a relationship, insecurity, your family. It’s different to everything but the feeling of needing to overcome it is universal.
Clearly, Solange found what she needed and she’s now in a really good place. Doesn’t hurt that she has her big sister watching her back!