Solange Reflects On Becoming A Mother At 17 And Dating Her High-School Sweetheart: “Luckily I Dated All The Losers Ages Ago”

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Solange slays yet again!

Being a mother can be somewhat of a challenge and being a young mother can be even more challenging. Solange can tell you about this from first hand experience. When she was only 17 years old the young singer got married and conceived her son Juelz with high school sweetheart Daniel Smith. The young couple, packed up and moved to Moscow, Idaho where Daniel was in college but things took an unexpected turn when the divorce failed back in 2006. Solange found herself filing for divorce only 2 years into the marriage.

In a recent interview with Harpers Bazaar the singer dives into her past relationship and where she stands now as a parent and career wise.

Get into the interview below.

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On getting pregnant and going through a divorce at 17:

I was lucky with Julez. I was completely lost when we moved to Idaho, out in the country, and I devoted everything to him. In a lot of ways, emotionally and mentally, I feel far older than 27. Just going through a marriage and a divorce—which I essentially did by 21—will give you an insane amount of perspective on life.

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On where she stands now far as parenting and relationship wise:

We co-parent really well. I’m able to say, ‘I need to finish this album, can you step up and take care of the boy?’ For the past few years she’s been in a steady relationship with video director Alan Ferguson. ‘Luckily, I dated all of the losers ages ago. My love life has been stable for a while. It’s a fucked-up thing—without conflict it’s a lot harder to write interesting songs.’

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. For the first time in my life, I’m basing every decision around the idea of whether I want to do it or if I think it will be inspiring. And that’s paid off for me. 

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I’ve always had an annoying relationship with the term ‘tastemaker,’ but it’s been a defining part of my career for the past couple of years.

Read the full interview here.

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