In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, he reveals the true scope of the machine that has propelled her to stardom – a campaign orchestrated by her father, Mathew Knowles, who gave up his job and invested his life savings to making her a success, driving them to bankruptcy in the process.
Mathew ‘Big Mac’ Knowles was the mastermind of ‘Project Beyoncé’, as it was known in the family.
In honor of the epic saga that is Bey and Jay, Vulture takes a look back at the musical icons’ entertaining history together, beginning when she was Destiny’s Child’s front woman and Jay Z still had his hyphen, and charting their many collaborations (e.g., "Bonnie and Clyde," "Drunk in Love"), the birth of Blue, the infamous elevator video, and onward, toward their now-uncertain future.
1997–2000: While they weren’t the subject of relationship rumors until the October 2002 release of the Jay Z single “’03 Bonnie and Clyde,” the two had become acquainted through the music scene well before that.
Lyndall knew it too, and so they agreed to take a break, and we all know that means. Although he no longer speaks to Beyoncé, he's hoping for a Blue Ivy playdate one day.
She is one of the biggest superstars on the planet: a £500 million pop powerhouse who is known around the world by just her Christian name, counts Barack and Michelle Obama as friends and was personally chosen by the President to perform at his inauguration. Meticulously packaged, groomed and marketed, she slavishly controls her public image – so it was a rare glimpse of the real woman behind the impenetrable mask when last week she snapped ‘Stop it’ at an assistant fussing in an attempt to stop her falling out of her pink couture outfit at a glittering charity event in New York. Her first love, Lyndall Locke, who dated the singer for a decade from when she was a 12-year-old wannabe until they split when she toured the world with Destiny’s Child, said she had always been fixated on the pursuit of fame – and the ‘simple girl from Houston’ rapidly became a ‘control freak’.‘She was focused and knew what she wanted,’ he says.
She'd been training since she was 5, and no fine young man was going to distract her from her rightful destiny. Even though Bey was fixated on the limelight, she still took time out of her busy schedule to do everyday stuff with Locke. When he returned, Beyoncé and Angie had driven off.
"When I finally got a lift home I was furious." Beyoncé told me, "I can't be around a mess like that.
There was a Beyoncé train on the fast track to fame and you were either on it or off it.
"Janet said, 'You remind me of one of my nephews' and I said, 'Well, your nephew must be pretty awesome! I was 20, I was excited to meet Janet Jackson, but they had an image to protect. I wasn't cool."Their relationship officially fizzled in 2003 when Lyndall confronted her about rumors that she and Jay Z were a pair.
'"Clearly embarrassed by his gauche behaviour, "Beyoncé huddled with her cousin Angie, and Angie came over and escorted me out. She allegedly told him that Jay Z wasn't even "her type" but, as we all know, that is very much not true. He owns a catering company in Texas and has two children with his long-time love.
I have to think smart and staying there would not have been smart."In 1996, Beyoncé had her first hit as a member of Destiny's Child.
This was the beginning of the end for her and Lyndall.