BeyoncéNew album is interested by many people Renaissance definitely a project that gathers many stars, there are talents like Grace Jones. backing vocalist Beam, Temsand of course, guest singer Great Freedia. But amid all the publicity, there was a newly announced major inspiration behind the album, and it came from the singer’s gay form. uncle, Johnnywho have died from complications of HIV.
“A big thank you to my Uncle Jonny,” Beyonce wrote on her official website on Thursday, July 28. “He is my godmother and the first person to let me know. exposure to the music and culture that inspired this album. Thank you to all the pioneers of cultural origin, to all the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized for so long. This is a celebration for you.”
Beyonce’s bittersweet post includes two photos; one of the Beys with her three sleeping children Blue Ivy, Rumiand Sirand another feedback photo of what it looks like Tina Knowles look at Uncle Jonny. The Renaissance The CD booklet is reported to contain similar images. Here’s what to know about the man who inspired the iconic singer’s latest music collection.
He’s really not her uncle
While Beyonce and her sister Solange Knowles call him Uncle Jonny, he’s actually not their uncle – he’s their mother, Tina Knowles‘ grandson. Technically Bey’s uncle or not, he’s clearly a major influence on the “Lemonade” singer. And he’s not just a family member.
“I want to dedicate this award to my uncle Johnny, the most amazing gay man I have ever known, who helped raise me and my sister,” she said as she accepted the Vanguard Award at GLAAD Media Awards 2019.
He is Tina’s ‘best friend’.
No wonder Beyonce and Solange hugged Jonny so warmly. Their mother Tina once said he was her “best friend”, after the singer’s deep public tribute in 2019. “Nephew Johnny was my best friend growing up” , she wrote on Instagram on March 29 of that year. “We’re inseparable, my mom always says when Johnny farts you have to be there to catch it.”
Tina continued the post, which featured a video of Beyonce paying homage to him on stage, along with her chubby Jay-Z. “He was the best designer and best dressed man, the best craftsman and the best cook… He was my brother, he was my best friend and I still love and miss him. .”
His battle with HIV had a profound effect on Beyonce.
Despite eventually succumbing to illness, his battle with Uncle Jonny and his death from complications of HIV had a profound impact on the growing superstar. “He lived his truth,” she said during her GLAAD Media Awards speech. “He is brave and unrepentant at a time when this country is not accepted. And witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever lived. I hope that his struggle has helped pave the way for other young people live more freely. LGBTQIA rights are human rights”.
Tina also shared about the wounds Jonny left in the family in a 2019 Instagram post. Tina wrote: “When he died, I lost a piece of me. “Almost like When you lose a partner, a brother or a sister, he is my brother, he is my best friend and I still love and miss him. I thank God for the time that I got to be with him and I am so happy and emotional that Beyoncé dedicates her award to him, rest in peace my Johnny. “
Uncle Jonny is so creative.
In a March 2019 post, Tina revealed that Uncle Jonny is extremely creative and artistic, and that he sews dresses for close family members. “Johnny made Beyonce and Solange beautiful Christmas dresses in green velvet and plaid,” she recalled in the post, about a time a local reporter visited her home. “He decorates the windows and cooks dinner. When the reporter asked the children who made the dresses if they had cooked dinner or decorated it, they answered Johnny! At that time the reporter asked me who is Johnny? Is he your husband and my answer is no, he is my wife. Because he took care of our house and kept it in grand style. He made the best dresses for me and all my friends.”
Jonny is Tina’s older sister’s son.
In the Instagram post, Tina identifies Jonny as “my sister’s son Selena“And note that her children call him Uncle” out of respect. According to an Instagram post in May 2018, Selena is many years older than Tina and is now in her 90s. “I’m staying with my sister Selena,” she captioned a photo with her big sister. She is 92 years old. I am a baby, I am 64 years old.”