Pop star Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has reportedly bought her own church building in New Orleans, weeks following a controversial mass held in her honor at an Episcopal cathedral in San Francisco.
TMZ first reported of the purchase on Sunday, reporting that Knowles-Carter has bought a 7,500-sq. ft house of worship that was listed at a $850,000 price. The building, which was constructed in the early 1900s, had not been used for services “for some time” as its previous church membership had passed away.
New Orleans-based The Times-Picayune reported that a deal to purchase the property on Camp Street was made on May 11.
Orleans Parish records show that the Noble Jones Trust purchased the property, with the deal signed by Vernell Jackson Keys, who is a close friend of the Knowles family.
It is not yet known what the newly purchased church will be used for, though it would require extensive renovation in order to be made into a home.
The Knowles family apparently purchased another New Orleans property in 2016, located around five blocks away from the Camp Street church. The singer’s sister, Solange Knowles, a songwriter and actress herself, is believed to live close to the area.
Just weeks earlier in April, as many as 900 people turned up for a special mass celebrating Knowles-Carter’s music, where the pastors connected her lyrics to biblical themes.
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Source: Christian Post