Kelly Rowland has opened up about being compared to Beyoncé during their time in Destiny’s Child saying it was like “torture”.
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.
During a recent episode of “The Voice Australia,” the singer opened up about what it was like to constantly be compared to her Destiny’s Child bandmate during the group’s heyday.
“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. They’re gonna compare anyways,” she continued. “I would be lying if I said, ‘No, it’s never bothered me.’ That’s bull. There was a whole decade, if I’m being completely honest – a decade, that it was like the elephant in the room but 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.
Destiny’s Child has also reunited for some major performances over the years, first in 2013 as part of the Super Bowl halftime show and again in 2018 at Coachella.