Juggling a career and family isn’t easy, but Solange Knowles says her job as a mother always comes first.
The singer and proud mother of 8-year-old Daniel Julez Smith Jr. recently canceled her European Summer Tour to be closer to her son. Although she admitted that it was a difficult discussion, Solange said she refused to hit the road while her son is still adjusting to his new school and making new friends.
“I wish I could put in words how much of a difficult decision this was but between moving part-time to a new city, starting my son in a new school, and writing/recording my new record, I really had to make the best decision for my mental/physical health and provide some stability for my family,” she said during an interview with The Guardian. “My son will be starting a new school … which unexpectedly begins a few weeks earlier than his previous one. It’s imperative that I am there [for] his first week to transition him. I really hope that you understand and I promise I’ll be back in your area soon enough to make up for it.”
The 27-year-old was scheduled to perform at festivals in Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Norway, Finland and Poland over the next few months. “I am so so sooooo sorry if I’ve disappointed, and really hope to make it out to those special cities soon enough,” she added.
Solange and Julez recently relocated to Brooklyn to be closer to family and friends. “My parents are here, my sister is here, my cousin is here, all my friends are here,” she said.
“We really wanted Julez to have the experience that we had growing up—being able to drop in on his aunt’s house and being able to hang out with grandma and see our friends and have that experience of actually having a soccer game and having family show up,” she explained. “It’s such a beautiful feeling, but also having that village is a necessary reality so that I’m able to pursue my passion both outside of motherhood and outside of my career.”