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'Beyonce wouldn't be as successful if she was dark skinned'

FAMILY: Matthew Knowles and Beyonce (Photo credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Image)

BEYONCE'S FATHER and former manager has said he believes that the only reason she's so successful is because of her 'light skin'.

In a frank interview with Ebony, Knowles spoke on the colourism which plagues the entertainment industry, stating that black singers are more likely to be played on the radio and enjoy success if they have a paler complexion.

"When it comes to black females, who are the people who get their music played on pop radio? Mariah Carey, Rihanna, the female rapper Nicki Minaj, my kids, and what do they all have in common?" said Knowles.

The interviewer asked if it was that they had lighter skin, and Matthew responded: "Do you think that's an accident?"

He also admitted that he was first attracted to Beyonce's mother Tina Lawson because he thought she was white.

Discussing his new memoir Racism: From the Eyes of a Child, he said: "I used to date mainly white women or very high-complexion black women that looked white.

"I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was white. Later I found out that she wasn't, and she was actually very much in-tune with her blackness.

Knowles also explained in the interview that he'd been conditioned to view skin colour a certain way from his childhood.

"I had been conditioned from childhood. With eroticised rage, there was actual rage in me as a black man, and I saw the white females as a way, subconsciously, as getting even or getting back."

Knowles' comments have divided opinions across social media, with some praising him for speaking on the reality of colourism and the mindset that some black men have today, whilst others called him out for 'belittling' Beyonce's impact and claiming that it was largely due to her complexion.

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