Beyoncé might have a new half-sister, according to court documents filed against Mathew Knowles on May 30 by a 30-year-old Houston-area woman.
In the petition, Taqoya Branscomb alleges Beyoncé’s 63-year-old father is also the dad of a female child born in 2010 in Harris County, Texas. Branscomb is attempting to make Knowles take a DNA test, and is also requesting child support and money for her attorney’s fees.
This is the second time Knowles has been hit with a paternity suit. In 2010, Knowles acknowledged that he was father of actress Alexsandra Wright’s son. News of the affair with Wright led to his divorce from former wife Tina after nearly 30 years of marriage.
In February 2013, Knowles was ordered to pay Wright $12,000 a month, but that figure was reduced to $2,485 a month by a judge after Knowles claimed his income had dwindled in recent years.
Knowles was the manager of daughter Beyoncé, who first rose to stardom with Destiny’s Child under his leadership. Three years ago, Beyoncé announced that she and her father had agreed to mutually end their business relationship. “He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly,” the singer said in a statement. “I am grateful for everything he has taught me.”
Mathew Knowles’ representatives were not immediately available for comment.
Branscombe’s attorney, Melanie Flowers of Houston, has released a statement with updated pictures to BuzzFeed. The statement comes on the heels of other media reports of her lawsuit that were accompanied by pictures of her in lingerie and swimsuits.
“First I’d like to thank my family, my friends, and the public for their love and support. I have taken the necessary legal action against Mathew Knowles. With that being said… it’s in my best interest for this to remain a private matter for now… Above all I am a mother and my daughter’s well being is my only priority. It was never my intention for this to become a public matter. The pictures you see are in no way a representation of who I am. They were taken 10 years ago… And I am now a hard working successful single mother. Honestly I just want what is best for my daughter.”