Tina Knowles Lawson, the mother of Beyoncé and Solange, has announced in an interview with the podcast In ‘My Head With Heather Thomson’ that her original last name is Beyoncé.

“A lot of people don’t know that my maiden name is Beyoncé”

“A lot of people don’t know that my maiden name is Beyoncé. I was born Celestine Beyoncé, which was definitely not a ‘cool’ name at the time. I preferred to be called Linda Smith because it was a common and accepted name,” said Tina.

Beyoncé and Solange’s mother owes her current last name to her two husbands: Matthew Knowles, whom she was married to from 1980 to 2011, and her current husband Richard Lawson, whom she married in 2015.

According to Tina, her original surname Beyoncé is spelled differently by family members. “My brother Skip and I always wrote it as Beyoncé, but others wrote it as Beyince.”