The Spectacular Love Journey of Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson: Unveiling Their Timeless Romance

The Spectacular Love Journey of Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson: Unveiling Their Timeless Romance

Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson's relationship timeline: From the 1980s to July 2023, their journey has been filled with love and growth Despite filing for divorce in July 2023, their enduring bond has seen them through various milestones, making their story one of resilience and strength

The Spectacular Love Journey of Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson: Unveiling Their Timeless Romance

Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson. Earl Gibson III/Shutterstock

Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson ended their marriage of eight years in July 2023. Prior to marrying Lawson in April 2015, Tina had finalized her divorce from ex-husband Mathew Knowles in December 2011, stating that their split was due to "discord or conflict of personalities," making reconciliation unlikely.

Tina and Mathew got married in 1980 and had two daughters, Beyoncé and Solange, born in 1981 and 1986 respectively. In November 2009, Tina initially filed for divorce from Mathew but later withdrew it in the following year. However, she decided to file for divorce again in August 2011.

Before marrying Tina, Lawson was married to actress Denise Gordy from 1978 to 1989, and they have a daughter named Bianca. Additionally, Lawson has a son named Ricky from a previous relationship.

Keep scrolling to see Tina and Lawson’s relationship timeline:


Tina and Lawson's Journey from Friendship to Romance

October 2013

Tina and Lawson had been close friends for several decades before their relationship took a romantic turn. Sharing her heartfelt sentiments on the Taron Hall Show in April 2022, Tina expressed, "I've known Richard for 40 years, and when we reconnected, it felt like a precious gift from God. I genuinely mean that because I had prayed for it. Following my devastating divorce after 33 years, I always hoped to marry again if it aligned with God's plan. I cherish the institution of marriage and being in a committed relationship. However, it was quite daunting for a while. Thankfully, he reentered my life and has been an absolute blessing."

The pair began dating and stepped out at their first event as a couple at the 2013 Angel Ball in New York City.

October 2014

Tina and Lawson made their red carpet debut at the 2014 Angel Ball. In the same year, their relationship sparked engagement speculation. Tina expressed her happiness during a speech at the International Women & Money Leadership luncheon in Houston, Texas, mentioning that she had been in a committed relationship with Lawson for a year and five months.

The Spectacular Love Journey of Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson: Unveiling Their Timeless Romance


April 2015


The couple exchanged vows on a glamorous California yacht, embraced by their loved ones. Filled with elegance, all the guests adorned themselves in pristine white ensembles, mirroring the blissful newlyweds. Tina radiantly showcased a Romona Keveza gown, while Lawson embraced sophistication in his dashing white tuxedo.

Lawson disclosed that before proposing to Tina, he sought permission from Beyoncé and Solange. In an interview on the "Black Love" podcast, he emphasized the importance of their approval, considering Tina's unwavering commitment to her children. Fortunately, both Beyoncé and Solange enthusiastically supported the idea, expressing their overwhelming excitement.

During that same year, the couple collaborated to establish the WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Center in Los Angeles. The organization's website defines WACO as a platform dedicated to uplifting Los Angeles artists, youth, and narratives originating from the African diaspora. Through presenting, commissioning, and nurturing artistic works, WACO aims to provide aspiring artists and young individuals with a voice and platform to showcase their creativity.

April 2021

Lawson expressed his heartfelt emotions to his former spouse on their sixth wedding anniversary through a heartfelt message on Instagram. "39 years ago, my sister Gwen (RIP), who was your best friend, introduced us. I was captivated by your exquisite beauty. It left me breathless!" Lawson wrote. "What truly amazed me was that your beauty was further enhanced by your incredible kindness, empathy, generosity, and philanthropy. At that time, you were carrying Beyonce, and already married, which meant that my intense attraction towards you remained a mere fantasy."

He continued, "Throughout the years, our friendship remained strong, and it has brought me immense joy to witness you evolve into an exceptional mother, especially to your daughters, as well as your compassionate care and support for women worldwide."

Concluding his tribute, Lawson expressed that the 32-year journey for his love to reach its peak was undoubtedly worthwhile. He added, "You are a revolutionary and visionary artist, a renowned fashion icon, a revered leader, a beacon of culture, a confident and fierce warrior, and to me, only second to God, you are my wife. How blessed am I?"

April 2022

In the subsequent year, Tina expressed her admiration for Lawson by sharing a heartfelt Instagram tribute on their anniversary. She conveyed, "I felt compelled to acknowledge the incredible blessing you have been in my life, a true gift from above. You are my beloved partner, my constant companion, the one who always lends an ear and provides immense motivation. These past seven years have swiftly passed, and I eagerly anticipate many more to come! Happy 7th anniversary, my dear! ❤️️️"

March 2023

Tina posted a selfie on her Instagram feed, showcasing her and Lawson's date night at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscars Party. This post marked the final appearance of Lawson on her social media before their separation.

July 2023

After eight years of marriage, it was confirmed that the couple had ended their relationship. In court documents obtained by Us, Tina stated that irreconcilable differences were the cause of their breakup.