Last week, hip-hop journalist and cultural critic Dream Hampton tweeted, “I hate that Beyonce is being used as a poster child for being a married mother. Her single mother sister is her role model.” Whether or not you agree the first half of her statement, the latter is absolutely true, and considering Hampton is also the co-author of Jay-Z’s New York Times Best-Selling book Decoded, her opinion might possess more validity than most on this subject.
It goes without saying that, married or not, we’re thrilled about the Bey-Z bun in the oven, and last week, VH1 News’ Janell Snowden caught up with Beyoncé’s singing and DJing kid sister Solange at Fashion’s Night Out in NYC to chat about motherhood. Solange’s precious son Julez will be turning 7-years-old next month, and considering she had him at age 17, she had some qualified, heartfelt advice for her mom-to-be, superstar sister.
“Follow your instincts!” urged Solange, noting that her youthful plunge into motherhood forced her to abandon conventional warnings and just go with her gut:
“The best thing I did was move to Idaho where I didn’t have anyone there to say ‘That’s not how you hold a baby! That’s not how you burp a baby!’ and just figuring that out because that connection is gonna be there, so the more you nurture it, it’s there.”
Always coming off a bit more organic and low-maintenance than sister Beyoncé, we’re not shocked to hear this honest and sincere recommendation from Solange. But when Janell then asked to find out how the Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams recording artist first heard the good news about Jay and Beyoncé, she assured us that, no, it wasn’t at the VMAs!