Tina Knowles-Lawson Says If Beyoncé And Solange Had Their Way, She Wouldn’t Be On Social Media
While giving Entertainment Tonight a glimpse at she and husband Richard Lawson’s WACO Theater (Where Art Can Occur) in Los Angeles, which empowers young artists and non-artists to cultivate their talents and find their purpose, Tina Knowles Lawson talked about her presence on social media. She’s developed quite the voice and following on Instagram, and it all started when Lawson told her she should step outside of her box and let people in on who she is outside of famous daughters Beyoncé and Solange.
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“After my kids got grown, you know, when I reconnected with Richard, he was like, ‘Tina, why are you hiding all the time? It’s time for you to live your own life,'” she said.
But she admits that some of her posts don’t always sit well with her kids. In fact, she said that if it were up to them, she wouldn’t be on social media at all.
“You know, if my kids had their way, I wouldn’t be on Instagram,” she said. “I wouldn’t be on any social media. They hate it.”
Richard stepped in to say that they just worry about the day that their mother will find herself involved in something embarrassing online.
“They’re just afraid that from time to time, she will do that thing, that foot-in-the-mouth thing,” he said. “And it will be completely embarrassing and she’ll step out, and then you’ll get that phone call: ‘Mom.'”
Tina admits that she has her moments where she slips up online. Take for instance the time she accidentally liked a comment on the social media site that disparaged Jennifer Hudson’s singing abilities. She said soon after that her daughters had warned her about making mistakes like that online.
“My children worried that I might accidentally touch something when looking at other sites and have warned me about it,” she wrote at the time. “They always say that I am not that great on social media I have to be very careful.”
But she acknowledged in her ET interview that those mistakes have made her relatable to fans.
“I make mistakes, but I’m real about it,” she said. “I’m like, that’s what 60-year-old moms do. They make mistakes on social media. So everybody can relate to that because they’re like, ‘My mom does the same thing!’ They give me a pass.”