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Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles files for divorce from second husband Richard Lawson after eight years of marriage citing ‘irreconcilable differences’

Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles has filed for divorce from her second husband, actor Richard Lawson, after eight years of marriage.

Tina, 69, filed the paperwork on Wednesday, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for the split as per TMZ.

The businesswoman and fashion designer — whose home was recently burglarized — listed the date of separation as Tuesday according to the documents obtained by the publication. 

In the documents Tina also asks ‘to terminate the court’s ability to award spousal support’ to Richard, 76, or her.

Tina and Richard said ‘I do’ in April 2015. They do not have any kids together.

Over! Beyonce's mom Tina Knowles, 69, has filed for divorce from her second husband, actor Richard Lawson, 76, after eight years of marriage; they are seen in 2023

Over! Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles, 69, has filed for divorce from her second husband, actor Richard Lawson, 76, after eight years of marriage; they are seen in 2023

Tina – born Celestine Ann Beyonce – had changed her name to Celestine Lawson when she wed Richard, and reportedly wants to change it back to Celestine Knowles, the name of her ex-husband. 

Tina shares two kids with her first husband, Mathew Knowles, 71: superstar daughter Beyonce, 41, and singer and actress Solange, 37. 

Tina — who recently got a sweet shout out from Beyonce on Mother’s Day — split from her daughters’ father in 2009. The pair were married for 31-years from 1980 to 2011. 

Fans recently noticed that Tina has not been supporting Richard while he’s been promoting his latest film, Black Terror.

He has attended film festivals including the Essence Festival and Cannes Film Festival solo in recent months. 

Tina tied the knot with Poltergeist actor, whom she had known for decades, on a yacht outside of Newport beach, California in 2015, after two years of dating.

At the time Beyonce shared a snap of the newlyweds on her website, showing them both posing in their co-ordinating white outfits.

All the guests at the wedding – including Beyonce, her husband Jay Z, their daughter Blue Ivy and Tina’s other daughter, Solange – were asked to wear white to the evening ceremony.

Irreconcilable differences: Tina filed the paperwork on Wednesday, citing 'irreconcilable differences' as the reason for the split as per TMZ; Pictured in 2023

Irreconcilable differences: Tina filed the paperwork on Wednesday, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for the split as per TMZ; Pictured in 2023

No spousal support: In the documents Tina also asks 'to terminate the court’s ability to award spousal support' to Richard or her; Pictured 2022

No spousal support: In the documents Tina also asks ‘to terminate the court’s ability to award spousal support’ to Richard or her; Pictured 2022

As they were: Tina and Richard said 'I do' in April 2015, after two years of dating. They do not have any kids together; Pictured 2021

As they were: Tina and Richard said ‘I do’ in April 2015, after two years of dating. They do not have any kids together; Pictured 2021

At the time she opened up about finding love with Richard – who has also been married before – after her divorce.

‘I’m at my happiest I’ve been in a long, long time.’

Richard is known for his work on the soap All My Children, as well as starring in the 1982 horror Poltergeist.

Meanwhile in June 2013, Tina’s first husband Mathew married former model Gena Charmaine Avery in his hometown of Houston, Texas. 

Tina and Mathew separated in 2009 after it emerged Mathew – who managed daughter Beyonce until 2011 – had fathered a love child with former Scrubs actress Alexsandra White.

White gave birth to their son Nixon on February 4, 2010 following an 18 month affair with Mathew.

Although he initially denied he was the father, a DNA test later proved otherwise.

In March of that year, Beyonce severed business ties with her father, but insisted she was not estranged from him on a father-daughter level, despite her parents’ split.

Mathew had managed Beyonce’s career from a teen wannabe to girl group bandmember with Destiny’s Child to superstar solo singer.

First husband: Tina split from her first husband Mathew Knowles, 71, in 2009. The pair were married for 31-years from 1980 to 2011; He is pictured with daughter Beyonce in 2007

First husband: Tina split from her first husband Mathew Knowles, 71, in 2009. The pair were married for 31-years from 1980 to 2011; He is pictured with daughter Beyonce in 2007

Two daughters: Aside from Beyonce, 41, the former pair also share daughter Solange, 37, together; Beyonce and Solange pictured 2012

Two daughters: Aside from Beyonce, 41, the former pair also share daughter Solange, 37, together; Beyonce and Solange pictured 2012

Her girls: Tina previously credited her daughters for helping her heal from her first divorce, saying: 'They were my balm'; The trio pictured in an Instagram snap

Her girls: Tina previously credited her daughters for helping her heal from her first divorce, saying: ‘They were my balm’; The trio pictured in an Instagram snap

Former manager: Mathew had managed Beyonce's career from a teen wannabe to girl group bandmember with Destiny's Child to superstar solo singer; (L-R) Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Beyonce of Destiny's Child pose with Matthew in 2005

Former manager: Mathew had managed Beyonce’s career from a teen wannabe to girl group bandmember with Destiny’s Child to superstar solo singer; (L-R) Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Beyonce of Destiny’s Child pose with Matthew in 2005

Meanwhile Tina worked as a stylist for Destiny’s Child throughout their fame and teamed up with her daughter to create the House Of Dereon fashion line in 2005. 

Tina previously credited her daughters for helping her heal from her first divorce.

‘When I went through my divorce, I was devastated after 33 years of marriage—not because I wanted to stay in a marriage, but just because I was like, “Oh, my God, I failed at this,”‘ she told Essence in 2020.

‘They were my balm. They let me feel sorry for myself for a short period of time, and then they were like, “Mama, you’re a bad girl.”‘

‘I won’t use the word that they gave me but…they were like, “You’ve got so much going, you shouldn’t be feeling like life is over for you,” that “God has something for you.”‘ 

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