How was life for Solange Knowles when she was living in Moscow, Idaho and raising her son? Bittersweet. The recording artist tells all in the March issue of ELLE magazine.

“It was one of the most bittersweet moments of my life,” Solange says of her life as a teenage mom living in Moscow, Idaho with her husband and son. “I was so in love with Julez, and having spent a lot of time on the road, I yearned to be in one place, to have the opportunity to really ground myself with him. But it was isolating and lonely, and so cold and dark. And it was just Julez and me most of the time. It was hard to imagine being able to progress in my career in any way.”


It wasn’t until Solange moved back to Los Angeles and then New Orleans that she began to see the fruits of her labor as an artist. The singer’s latest album, A Seat at the Table, has especially gained notoriety because of its boldness.

“I did want to create this juxtaposition, politically, of having these very hard, messy conversations but having them stylistically in a way that you can really hear me, and not the yelling, the rage,” Solange explains. “I wanted to project in my delivery what I was not achieving at all: peace and having a certain lightness and airiness that could maybe help me get closer to having more light and airiness in my life.”



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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