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Former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland has revealed that she used to torture herself during her time in the group and after their subsequent breakup over the constant Beyoncé comparisons.
While hosting “The Voice: Australia,” contestant Chris Sebastien opened up to Rowland about his battle to find himself.
Sebastian confessed that “identity’s been a real weird thing for” throughout his career in music alongside his brother, Guy Sebastian, an Australian pop star who also serves as a coach on the show.
“I know this feeling. Can you imagine what it’s like being in a group with Beyoncé?” Rowland told him. “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.”
“I would be lying if I said, ‘No, it’s never bothered me.’ That’s bull,” she added. “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.”
Back in 2018, Rowland spoke to Allure magazine about the importance of self-love.
“If you leave it up to the Internet, some people will have you feeling like you don’t even deserve existence. And that’s probably because of the hole that they’re in,” Rowland said at the time.
“I think that it’s just important to feed yourself positivity. Feed yourself how beautiful you are. Feed yourself how you are special. Feed yourself that you are a light. Tell yourself that. I used to think that [sounded] corny, but I do it every day, and I’m 37. It took me ’til 37 to realize [that] and it feels good. It helps to keep your light bright because the world will try to dim you, people will try to dim you — that’s if you let them.”
Destiny’s Child parted ways in 2002 to focus on their solo careers and officially split up in 2006. They most recently reunited for their epic 2018 Coachella performance.