‘We shared our first kiss at a Brian Mc Knight concert when Bey was 13. ‘I need to be able to perform onstage for hours when I become a star.’Rare in the world of dumped celebrity exes, Lyndall, 36, is not bitter and pragmatically accepts that Beyoncé outgrew him. Lyndall, the product of a broken home, says he was delighted to be welcomed into Beyoncé’s much more middle-class life.Her father was a middle manager at Xerox and her mother Tina ran a successful hair salon, where Beyoncé would hone her performances in front of ‘tough black ladies sitting under hair dryers’.He has famously admitted being a ‘sex addict’ who entered rehab in a failed attempt to save his marriage, which later imploded when one of his lovers became pregnant.The new book outlines the affairs which rocked Beyoncé’s homelife.‘She loved her daddy,’ one friend explains, ‘but she wasn’t blind to the pain he caused her mother. She grew up learning not to trust men.’‘Every penny went into Beyoncé’s career,’ Lyndall explained.Undeterred, Beyoncé was able to ‘compartmentalise’ her life.
‘He gave me the talk about “not messing anything up.” ’ Lyndall says he understood this to mean not to get Beyoncé pregnant. We would hang out and do normal boyfriend-girlfriend things, although I was never allowed to stay over.’Lyndall recalls cycling up alongside his teenage girlfriend as she pounded the pavement and asking why she was belting out songs as she ran. ‘Because Daddy told me it would increase my breath control and lung capacity,’ she replied. She needed someone like Jay Z to take her to the next level. But he says Beyoncé was already ‘fixated’ on fame when he first met her at a Houston church in 1993 after being introduced by her best friend Kelly Rowland, later a member of Destiny’s Child.We were two kids in love for the first time.’Beyoncé’s parents invested every penny in hiring the top vocal coaches, dance tutors and managers. She laughed and danced and told me, “Lyndall, it’s so great to be normal, to be a kid.” ’His story is included in an explosive new book, Becoming Beyoncé, by bestselling celebrity biographer J Randy Taraborrelli, but he chose to speak because ‘it would be best for me to tell my own story rather than let anyone else tell it for me’.The budding star was pulled out of school and home-tutored to give her more time to rehearse – to the exclusion of almost everything else. While Mathew was protective of Beyoncé, his own private life was a mess.In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, Lyndall, pictured with the singer at his 19th birthday party, reveals the true scope of the machine that has propelled her to stardom – a campaign orchestrated by her father, Mathew Knowles Lyndall describes the family as ‘very close, very loving’.‘We hung out and did the normal things kids do: we watched videos, went to the movies, went out for chicken.