Solange Knowles' working motherhood struggle
Solange Knowles' "insides split in half" when she had to go away to work.
The 29-year-old singer is finding it "really, really hard" to be away from her "phenomenal" 11-year-old son Julez - who she has with ex-husband Daniel Smith - but knows it's important she works hard to finish her new album.
She wrote on Instagram: "8 gigs, 8 studio sessions, 6 flights, in 2 weeks....but got to sleep in my bed for 2 nights
"While I was home Julez pulled out my chair for me at lunch, said he'd sell his Nintendo so I could get a dress I loved when we went stopped by a store, and said he sees Chinese symbols when he listens to Alice Coltrane. He's phenomenal and I'm in love with he and it's really really hard to be away.
"I cried this morning because this is the longest we've been apart and my insides kind of split in half when I headed to the airport, but I'm working really really hard to finish this damn album and so grateful to have his and my hubby's support.(sic)"
The 'Losing You' hitmaker - who is married to Alan Ferguson - admitted the pressures of being a working parent can be tough but her little boy makes it all worthwhile.
She continued: "I like to use IG to create and share a little color and laughter in my life, and to see the beauty and fun in things in the midst of a lot of hard ass work and sacrifice that goes along with it. Its just not fun to show the 18 hour studio days, even when I'm sick as hell, coughing all up on @audio_nino (sorry Nino) , and then getting up at 6am to tackle the 400 borriiinnng emails @johnbogaardand I exchange daily (sorry john, but you do make me lol for every 10 emails😉),while trying to balance running multiple businesses and still find time to dedicate to issues that are important to me.
"At the end of all, just when I think I'm going to do something crazy like get a face tat or shave my eyebrows off, or spray paint my hands metallic silver and then do the home alone scream, so I have permanently have shiny handprints on my cheeks, my heart just explodes with gratitude....that this is my life.(sic)"
And Solange vowed to "suck it up" and stop being "whiney" because she knows she is "blessed".
She added: "I couldn't be more grateful, humbled, and really, God honestly, blessed. So suck it up bissh, and stop being emo and whiney on the insta, and get the f**k back to work...(sic) "