Solange Knowles' life has been anything but ordinary.
The 30-year-old singer covers the March issue of ELLE magazine, and opens up about what it was like growing up with two members of Destiny's Child, older sister Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, as well as the struggles she faced after getting pregnant with her son, Daniel Julez, at 17.
"It was one of the most bittersweet moments of my life," Solange -- who was married to Daniel's father from 2004 to 2007 -- says of being a young mother. "Because I was so in love with Julez, and having spent a lot of time on the road, I yearned to be in one place, to have the opportunity to really ground myself with him."
"But it was isolating and lonely, and so cold and dark," she continues. "And it was just Julez and me most of the time. It was hard to imagine being able to progress in my career in any way."
As for her relationship with Beyonce and Kelly, Solange admits that she was more of the outsider growing up. "My sister and Kelly were the same age, which is like a built-in best friend in the house; they were extremely close," Solange explains. "Writing felt like this insular thing that I could go back in my room and express all that I would observe, all the emotions that would arise. It felt like mine, my little thing."
Solange did have several temporary stints in Destiny's Child, and even went on to write for Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle Williams.
Now, she's happy to celebrate her own critically acclaimed 2016 album, A Seat At the Table. "I did want to create this juxtaposition, politically, of having these very hard, messy conversations but having them stylistically in a way that you can really hear me, and not the yelling, the rage," she says of the songs. "I wanted to project in my delivery what I was not achieving at all: peace and having a certain lightness and airiness that could maybe help me get closer to having more light and airiness in my life."