Kelly Rowland ‘shadowed’ by colleague Beyoncé for years
For many years, Kelly Rowland (39) felt that she was in the shadow of her former Destiny’s Child colleague Beyoncé (38). The singer reveals this in an episode of ‘The Voice Australia’.
In the program, Kelly Rowland acts as a mentor to a certain Chris Sebastian. He may not ring a bell, but in his home country Australia, his older brother Guy is known because he already managed to win ‘The Voice Australia’.
That puts serious pressure on Chris’s shoulders, he admitted to Kelly. “I know the feeling,” she replied. “Can you imagine what it’s like to be in a group with Beyoncé? I tortured myself,” said the singer, who was in the girl group, “Destiny’s Child”, between 1997 and 2005, together with Beyoncé (and later also Michelle Williams).
“I had thoughts like: I can’t wear this dress because they will say it looks like Beyoncé. Or: I can’t sing such a song because it looks too much like Beyoncé. They are going to compare us anyway.”
“I would be lying if I said it never bothered me,” added Kelly. “That is nonsense. To be honest, it played in the background for a whole decade. It was constantly in the back of my mind.”
In 2005 the group broke up, and Kelly, Beyoncé, and Michelle decided to continue as solo artists. In 2013 and 2018, the group got together again when Beyoncé performed during the Super Bowl and at Coachella.
In the past, Kelly has commented on the comparisons to Beyoncé, one of her best friends since childhood. “It’s not about getting to her level,” she said at the time.
“I want to achieve my own level. The world would be boring if we all did the same. And I don’t want to be at her level at all. I want my own level, just like Michelle wants it. I find it absurd that people compare us.”