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Solange Knowles was ‘fighting for her life’ making 2019 album as she marks record’s two-year anniversary


Solange Knowles was ‘fighting for her life’ while making 2019 album (Picture: WireImage)

Solange Knowles has revealed she was ‘fighting for her life’ while making her 2019 album When I Get Home.

The record became the singer’s third top 10 album in the US and celebrating its two-year anniversary, Solange told fans that making the album had actually ‘changed her life’.

She shared a lengthy message on Instagram about the project and explained that throughout the recording process, she was in and out of hospital with ‘depleting health and broken spirits’.

Solange, 34, who was diagnosed with an autonomic disorder in 2017, credits her record for helping her to begin her ‘life-long healing’.

She wrote: ‘2 year anniversary of the project that literally changed my life 🖤.

‘When I first started creating “When I Get Home” I was quite literally fighting for my life…in and out of hospitals (s/out park plaza on Binz! 🙂 with depleting health and broken spirits asking God to send me a sign I would not only survive, but that if he let me make it out alive, I would step into the light whatever that meant.

‘He begin speaking to me. Half the time I didn’t know where it was coming from. I only knew I had to open the door and [honour] it… when I listen back, I hear a woman who had only an inkling of what the journey entailed, but didn’t have a clue of why or what the journey would look like.’

The Cranes In The Sky singer – who is Beyoncé’s younger sister – continued: ‘This project has shown me, once you open that door, you can’t go backwards. Believe me I’ve tried saying “nah I’m just playing” so many times, ha. I’m not a big fan of talking about s**t I don’t know yet. I didn’t do much talking during this time because of that.

‘I’m really down for showing the process, and staying quiet when it hasn’t all yet being revealed. I make work to answer questions within me, for survival. Sometimes I am asking myself that same question many ways. Sometimes it takes me years. I have to [honour] that time. This Houston ting moves slow y’all.’

Solange didn’t share any more details on her health battle, but did promise to open up to fans in the future about what she has been through in the last few years.

She added: ‘One day, I’ll tell y’all about the days I’ve had since I opened this door. The things I’ve uncovered. The life long healing I’ve begin. The great divine joy and love I’ve experienced. The stories of my past I’ve survived that I had stored all up in my body…. till it said…. no more.

‘The re-learning. The reckoning. This album led me to all of it. Life has now become before WIGH and after WIGH. I’m so grateful for you guys allowing me the space and time. So so so grateful. Ima be celebrating all week long the coming of home (sic).’

Her anniversary posts comes after she was praised by fans for openly putting her stretch marks on show as she shared snaps of her in a bikini with her followers on social media.

Solange has learned to ‘accept her body’ in the last few years (Picture: Instagram)

Solange won over the internet with her natural body, with one fan commenting: ‘It’s the natural body for me 😍 the stretch marks the scars I love you.’ 

Touching on her journey while creating When I Get Home, Solange opened up about body confidence on Twitter in 2019 and how she’s learned to ‘accept herself’.

She tweeted: ‘My body took a lot from me when i started this record – real scary times, ill tell y’all one day. 

‘I had to learn to accept a lot of things about myself & this short time we got here. i had some real ugly parts i need (& still need) to work thru (sic).’ 

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