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Solange Knowles has lived through experiences in her short life that make her feel much older than just 27 years old. Of those experiences include marrying and divorcing her high school sweetheart, Daniel Smith, and giving birth to her son, Julez.

“In a lot of ways, emotionally and mentally, I feel far older than 27,” she candidly told Harper’s Bazaar. “Just going through a marriage and a divorce—which I essentially did by 21—will give you an insane amount of perspective on life.”

“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.”

Though their relationship didn’t work out, Solange and Daniel were able to maintain a decent relationship, which allows them to be great co-parents to Julez.

“We co-parent really well,” the single mom conceded. “I’m able to say, ‘I need to finish this album, can you step up and take care of the boy?’ “

Despite going through a divorce at such an early age, her outlook on love has not been tainted. In fact, the “Losing You” singer has found love and has been in a steady relationship with video director Alan Ferguson for quite some time now.

“Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago. My love life has been stable for a while.”

Ironically, steady relationships don’t always make for musical inspiration.

“It’s a f**ked-up thing—without conflict it’s a lot harder to write interesting songs.”

Read Solange’s full interview here. Check the next page for photos from her colorful photo shoot.

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