“Fighting for my life” while recording when I get home
Solange Knowles marked the two-year-anniversary of the release of her 2019 album, When I Get Home, by sharing new, exclusive content on the Criterion Channel and Blackplanet, and speaking candidly about the struggles she's faced with her health.
The singer posted a still of herself from the film that accompanies the record on Instagram, writing, “When I first started creating When I Get Home, I was quite literally fighting for my life…in and out of hospitals (s/out park plaza on Binz! :) with depleting health and broken spirits asking God to send me a sign I would not only survive but that if he let me make it out alive, I would step into the light, whatever that meant.”
She continued, “He began speaking to me. Half the time I didn’t know where it was coming from. I only knew I had to open the door and honor it. I didn’t see naann a thing I imagined. I didn’t know who I was speaking to on ‘I am a witness.’ When I listen back, I hear a woman who had only an inkling of what the journey entailed, but didn’t have a clue of why or what the journey would look like.”
But she added that since then, “This project has shown me, once you open that door, you can’t go backwards. Believe me I’ve tried saying ‘nah I’m just playing’ so many times, ha. I’m not a big fan of talking about shit I don’t know yet. I didn't do much talking during this time because of that. I'm really down for showing the process and staying quiet when it hasn't all yet being revealed. I make work to answer questions within me, for survival. Sometimes I am asking myself that same questions many ways. Sometimes it takes me years. I have to honor that time. This Houston ting moves slow y'all.”
Solange didn't explain specifically what ailments she suffered from during this time, however, in 2017 she revealed that she struggles with an autonomic nerve disorder that has previously forced her to cancel performances.
The musician seemed to hint, however, that there might come a time when she'll be more forthcoming with her fans about her illness, saying, “One day I'll tell y'all about the days I've had since I opened this door. The things I've uncovered. The life long healing I've begun. The great divine joy and love I've experienced. The stories of my past I've survived that I had stored all up in my body...till it said....no more. The re-learning. The reckoning. This album led me to all of it. Life has now become before WIGH and after WIGH.”
She concluded, “I'm so grateful for you guys allowing me the space and time. So so so grateful. Ima be celebrating all week long the coming of home.”
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