Beyoncé has played down rumours of a rift with her father Matthew Knowles by posing for a photo with him at one of her concerts. Matthew went to see the Formation singer perform in Houston, Texas on Wednesday night, and was every inch the proud father as he joined his daughter backstage.
The father-daughter duo can be seen smiling happily together in a photo shared on Instagram by Beyoncé's mother Tina Lawson.
Beyoncé posed with her "proud dad" Matthew Knowles at her Houston concert
"Houston Concert proud dad!!!" she captioned the photo.
Tina also shared an image of Matthew with their other daughter Solange Knowles and her son Daniel Jules Smith, writing: "Proud daddy and grandpa Houston."
The images came as something of a surprise to Beyoncé's fans, as the performer has been rumoured to have a complicated relationship with her father since he and Tina divorced in 2011. That same year, Beyoncé ended her business relationship with her dad, who had managed her career since she was in pop group GirlsTyme in 1990.
Beyoncé's mother, sister and nephew all supported her at the show
Beyoncé admitted that it had been a difficult process in an interview with Oprah Winfrey two years later. "It took a while for me and my dad to have an understanding," she said. "When I turned 18 and started handling my business more, he went into shock. And we had our issues. I'd say 'no' to something, and he'd book it anyway.
"Then I'd have to do it because I'd look bad [if I didn't]. We would fight sometimes, and it took about two years, to when I was 20, for him to realise, 'Oh, she is an adult now, and if she doesn't wanna do something, I can't make her do it.'"
The singer also references her father in a song called Daddy Lessons on her new album Lemonade. It appears Matthew inspired some of the lyrics, in which Beyoncé sings: "You remind me of my father, a magician. Able to exist in two places at once. In the tradition of men in my blood, you come home at 3am and lie to me. What are you hiding?"