There was a Beyoncé train on the fast track to fame and you were either on it or off it.
According to his interview in the , the two were introduced by Human Perfection Kelly Rowland when she was 12 years old (he was 14) and hit it off immediately.At the time, Jay Z was 35 years old and Beyoncé was 24 Jay Z took on Rihanna as his protegée when she was 17 and mastered the release of her debut single Pon De Replay.The pair have remained close throughout the decade since.However, according to Lyndall, now a chef who runs his own catering business, the truth is rather more complex.In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, he reveals the true scope of the machine that has propelled her to stardom – a campaign orchestrated by her father, Mathew Knowles, who gave up his job and invested his life savings to making her a success, driving them to bankruptcy in the process.She is one of the biggest superstars on the planet: a £500 million pop powerhouse who is known around the world by just her Christian name, counts Barack and Michelle Obama as friends and was personally chosen by the President to perform at his inauguration. Meticulously packaged, groomed and marketed, she slavishly controls her public image – so it was a rare glimpse of the real woman behind the impenetrable mask when last week she snapped ‘Stop it’ at an assistant fussing in an attempt to stop her falling out of her pink couture outfit at a glittering charity event in New York. Her first love, Lyndall Locke, who dated the singer for a decade from when she was a 12-year-old wannabe until they split when she toured the world with Destiny’s Child, said she had always been fixated on the pursuit of fame – and the ‘simple girl from Houston’ rapidly became a ‘control freak’.‘She was focused and knew what she wanted,’ he says.‘She’d started singing when she was five and her parents supported her."When I finally got a lift home I was furious." Beyoncé told me, "I can't be around a mess like that.I have to think smart and staying there would not have been smart."In 1996, Beyoncé had her first hit as a member of Destiny's Child.‘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’.