Kelly Rowland Says Being Compared to Beyoncé "Haunted" Her for a Decade

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Photo credit: Pam Francis - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pam Francis - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

  • While speaking with a contestant on The Voice Australia, Kelly Rowland opened up about being compared to Beyoncé after working together in Destiny's Child.

  • She described the experience as something that "haunted" her for a decade, although she ultimately reached the conclusion that the public was going to compare them no matter what.

Even the best of us aren't immune to occasionally comparing ourselves to others. Kelly Rowland recently opened up about being compared to Beyoncé, her fellow Destiny's Child member, while speaking with a contestant on The Voice Australia.

When semifinalist Chris Sebastian told Rowland that he was living in the "shadow" of his brother, who also participated in the singing competition, she empathized.

"People would only associate me with him and I struggled with that for a really long time," Sebastian said. "Identity has been a real weird thing for me. I love [my brother], but I've always had to prove myself."

"I know this feeling. Can you imagine what it's like being in a group with Beyoncé?" the "Motivation" singer responded. "I would just torture myself in my head like, 'Well, I can't wear this dress 'cause they're gonna say it's like B. Or, 'I can't have a song like that because it sounds too much like B.' They're gonna compare anyways."

She added that her fear of being compared to Beyoncé followed her for a long time. "I would be lying if I said, 'No, it's never bothered me.' That's bull," she continued. "There was a whole decade—if I'm being completely honest, decade—that it was like the elephant in the room, the thing that would constantly be on my shoulder."

Rowland, Beyoncé, and Michelle Williams formed the critically acclaimed girl group Destiny's Child from the late '90s until 2005. Rowland's solo career has also found commercial success, releasing four studio albums and selling millions of records worldwide.

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