Beyoncé dedicated the release of her new album “Renaissance” to her late uncle Johnny.
The pop superstar released a long-awaited new album on Friday (29/07/22) and credited her late gay relative as the inspiration for the new record.
Beyoncé, 40, wrote on her website: “Many thanks to my uncle Johnny. He was my godmother and the first person to introduce me to a lot of the music and culture that inspired this album.
“Thank you to all the pioneers who create culture, to all the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized for too long. This is a holiday for you.”
The “Break My Soul” hitmaker’s mother, Tina Knowles, revealed more about Jonny in her Instagram post and explained that the song “Heated” made a reference to him.
She wrote on social media: “Johnny was the closest person in the world to me when we were growing up! Later he was a nanny/housekeeper/designer/dance partner/(confidant) and best man. I laughed with him constantly and absolutely trusted him! When he died, a part of me went with him.
“Solange and Beyonce worshiped him. He helped me raise them. And influenced their sense of style and uniqueness! (yes)”
Tina added: “He made Beyoncé’s prom dress. Last night she told me to listen carefully to the end of “Heated” and for the first time I heard her say “Uncle Johnny made my dress” and I got so teary eyed. You can see Johnny loved house music! And introduced my children to her early. He is now smiling down on Bey from heaven! (yes)”