Last week, Mathew Knowles’ adorable 4-year-old daughter, Koi Knowles, made her television debut on “Inside Edition.” The girl’s mother, TaQoya Branscomb, also made an appearance and spoke about meeting Mathew, their relationship and how he reacted to her pregnancy. She also addressed his failure to offer assistance raising their daughter. Since the airing of the interview, TaQoya felt that she has been falsely portrayed as an “opportunist” who preyed on Mathew and she’s pretty upset about that.
For one, TaQoya says that if she were an opportunist as some media outlets have portrayed her to be, she would have told tabloids about Koi years ago. Secondly, she says that she was not the one who initially leaked news of Koi’s existence to TMZ. According to TaQoya, that was done by Houston’s Harris County Family Court.
“Mathew and I had a romantic relationship in 2009 during a difficult time in his life,” the real estate agent said in a statement released to MadameNoire. “It had nothing to do with Beyoncé’s music career. Despite the media speculations, I am not an ‘opportunist,’ if that was the case I would’ve spoken out four years ago.
I was just as shocked as anyone when the information was leaked. I had remained quiet and raised my daughter as a single mother in a happy and healthy environment. Koi has been modeling and acting long before we’ve been in the media, like any other parent I work hard to nourish and support my daughter’s many talents, whatever they may be.
I had exhausted all of my efforts to keep this out of the public eye and was forced to rely on the Houston court system to get guideline support. In regards to family visitation, I am always open to her to having relationship with her father and all her extended family members. Whether or not that happens, Koi will be just fine.”
TaQoya continues to work as a real estate agent and is currently working on a vintage lingerie line, which is slated for release in 2015. As for Koi, in addition to her modeling and acting career, “she is in the process of launching her own child lip gloss and haircare line.”
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