Kelly Rowland describes being in Destiny’s Child with Beyoncé as ‘torture’ The Motivation singer said she struggled with being in the shadow of Single Ladies singer Beyoncé during their singing career together – and for a decade beyond Kelly Rowland has suggested being in a band with Beyoncé is ‘torture’ due to the unescapable shadow cast by the mega star.
The 39-year-old Say My Name singer is a founding member of Destiny’s Child alongside 38-year-old Beyoncé and the ladies have been performing together since 1993.
While Destiny’s Child have been disbanded since 2006 – with speculation the group may soon reform – Kelly and Beyoncé have both enjoyed solo success in their own right.
Although Beyoncé has arguably enjoyed greater success than her older bandmate, Kelly says living in the shadow of her friend and fellow singers can sometimes feel overwhelming.
Kelly Rowland has discussed the down side of being in a band with Beyonce Emma Bunton ‘planning third child throwing Spice Girls tour plans into doubt’ Nick Cannon sacked by MTV over anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and amid racism storm Opening up during an appearance on The Voice Australia, Kelly said: “Can you imagine what it’s like being in a group with Beyonce?
“I would just torture myself in my head. Like, ‘I can’t wear this dress because they’re going to say it’s like B’. “Or, ‘I can’t have a song like that because it sounds too much like B’.
Kelly performed with Beyonce in Destiny’s Child from 1993 to 2006 – although they reformed briefly at the 2013 Super Bowl “There was a whole decade, if I am being completely honest, a decade where it was like the elephant in the room.
“It was the thing that would constantly be on my shoulder.”
Kelly has won a host of awards as a solo artist including Billboard and Soul Train Music Awards, and has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards for her solo work.
Her debut album, Simply Deep, hit number one in the UK Album charts, while her singles Dilemma, featuring Nelly, and When Love Takes Over with David Guetta have also topped the UK single charts.
Kelly released a sexually charged single called Coffee back in April – with plans for a fifth solo studio album to be released in the coming months.