Beyonce admitted to Giant that kept her manager and father Matthew Knowles in the dark when she started recording this album. Two days into a vacation, Beyonce called up her A&R guy, Max Gousse, and said she was ready to start recording.
“‘Don’t tell my daddy. Don’t tell my mama. Don’t tell nobody,” she told him. “Don’t tell your wife, your friend, the label.’ And that’s what we did. Kept it a secret.”
Once recording was done, Beyonce knew she had a tough phone call to make:
“Two weeks later, I called my dad and said, ‘My record’s done.’ He was like, ‘WHAT? You were supposed to be on vacation. You kept hollering about how you needed time off.’ I was like, ‘Don’t you dare ever ask me to take that long to do a record. I’m never doing that again.’ I didn’t tell him ’cause I didn’t want that pressure, and now I know, I’m never telling anyone again when I’m doing an album.”
But Beyonce has nothing but respect for her father, who she calls a “workaholic,” depsite any difficulties they might have had.
“It took a while for me and my dad to have an understanding, because he thinks everyone’s supposed to work like him,” Beyonce says. “We had our issues. When I turned 18 and started handling my business more, he went into shock. I’d say ‘No’ to something and he’s book it anyway. Then I’d have to do it because it’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 realize, ‘Oh, she’s an adult now. If she doesn’t wanna do something I can’t make her do it.’”