29 July 2022

Beyonce dedicates ‘Renaissance’ to her late gay uncle

The superstar said he served as an "inspiration" for the album.

Beyoncé shared a heartfelt note upon the release of her latest album, Renaissance. The pop star made a tribute to her late gay uncle Jonny, claiming he was the first person to “expose me to a lot of of the music and culture that serves an inspiration for this album.” She also referred to him as her “godmother.”

Beyoncé revealed a photo of her uncle on her website as well as a rare pic with her daughters Blue Ivy and Rumi alongside her twin brother Sir. 

At the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards, she called him “the most fabulous gay man I’ve ever known, who helped raise me and my sister’ during her acceptance speech, while adding that his battle with HIV was ‘one of the most painful experiences” of her life.”

The ‘Crazy In Love’ hitmaker also wrote an endearing message to her husband, Jay-Z, along with her three kids writing: ​​”A special thanks to my beautiful husband and muse, who held me down during those late nights in the studio.”

The star started her note by saying: “This three-act project was recorded over three years during the pandemic. A time to be still, but also a time I found to be the most creative.” The former destiny’s child singer went on to say: “Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving.”

She then acknowledged her children, writing: “I want to give a special thank you to Rumi, Sir, and Blue for allowing me the space, creativity, and inspiration.” 

Finishing off the heartfelt note, the singer wrote: “Thank you to all of the pioneers who originate culture, to all of the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized for far too long. This is a celebration for you.”

  • Writer Chris Saunders
  • Banner Image Credit Instagram / Beyonce

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