Ever since footage broke of the elevator fight seen round the world between Solange and Jay Z at this year’s Met Gala, the public has been eagerly awaiting some sort of an answer. But it looks like we’re never going to get one, at least, not for the foreseeable future. In her new cover story for Lucky’s August issue, which is her first profile in the press since the incident, Solange absolutely glosses over Cartergate as though it wasn’t even an issue.
When asked about the incident, she responded with “What’s important is that my family and I are all good. What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that.” Not a lot of detail, no explanation, nada. It’s doubtful that the family will themselves ever release what really went down, so until an anonymous insider spills some dirt, the public will have to look for context clues in Solange’s next album, which is slated to come out this fall.
She’s been working on the album in her home in New Orleans, and says of the music, “My last EP, True, was about the overall vibe—the message was fun. This one, I really want you to hear what I’m saying. I want you to hear me.”
It sounds as if this next album will be a more personal side than we’ve seen before–something Solange’s style has always been. Bold, quirky, and a little out there–but always very true to herself and her interests. “When I look back at old pictures, my dad was always smartly dressed, my mom had the most elegant, beautiful style, and my sister was very into the ’90s Cross Colours look, and I … I just had all of these different things inside me,” she said.
Those “different things” combined to take this young Texan from teenage days of Harajuku looks–“It was not good. I had on stars-and-stripes stockings with a poufy skirt, two balls in my head, some crazy sweater and platform sneakers. When I went to the Sharpstown Mall in Houston with a friend, people were falling out laughing. It was a hot mess, but I was committed”–to being a bonafide fashion icon by age 27.
For more on Solange’s personal style (she’s really into color blocking right now), upcoming album, and musical influences, check out Lucky.