In a the latest issue of Harpers Bazaar, Solange chats about her music career and personal life, including laughing off all the loser guys she’s dated.
“Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago. My love life has been stable for a while,” Solange told the magazine. “It’s a f—ed-up thing — without conflict it’s a lot harder to write interesting songs.”
Loser guys aren’t the only things Solange has moved past as she admitted that her divorce from her high school sweetheart Daniel Smith in 2006 made her grow up fast.
“Just going through a marriage and a divorce — which I essentially did by 21 — will give you an insane amount of perspective on life,” she said while noting how her experiences have put her a bit ahead of the game at 27. “Everyone talks about how, in your 30s, all of these growing pains transition into wisdom and you feel more self-assured and confident, but I think I had a bit of a jump-start on that at 27.
“For the first time in my life, I’m basing every decision around the idea of whether I want to do it or if I think it will be inspiring. And that’s paid off for me,” Solange continued.
Life after divorce hasn’t slowed Solange down. The entertainer, who recently became art director with a creative consultant role for Puma, released a compilation album through her own label, Saint Records, last year.
Despite the divorce, Solange’s relationship with Smith hasn’t suffered as the two continue to raise their son together. “We co-parent really well. I’m able to say, ‘I need to finish this album, can you step up and take care of the boy?'” she said.
While most people assume that being Beyoncé’s sister is a plus, Solange admits that her parents tried to talk her out of following in her big sister’s footsteps after going through the process of making it in the music industry with Bey.
“My parents constantly tried to talk me out of being an artist,” she said. “They had gone through the whole journey with my sister and just wanted me to have a normal teenage life.”