Kelly Rowland opens up about being compared to her Destiny’s Child bandmate Beyoncé.
In a clip from The Voice Australia posted Tuesday, semifinalist Chris Sebastian reveals to coach Kelly that he feels overshadowed by his older brother Guy Sebastian, who is also a coach on the singing competition show.
That’s when Kelly empathized with Chris’ struggles and admitted, “I know this feeling. Can you imagine what it’s like being in a group with Beyoncé?”
In 1997, Destiny’s Child — originally comprising Kelly, Beyoncé, LaTavia Roberson, and LeToya Luckett — was signed to Columbia Records. In 2000, Roberson and Luckett were replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. Six months later, Franklin departed the group — which then became a trio until their official disbandment in 2006.
“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,” Kelly added.
Sadly, the now 39-year-old said she felt this pressure for an entire decade.
“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 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.”
Despite these comparisons, Kelly has established herself as a solo artist and has released four studio albums throughout her career: 2002’s “Simply Deep,” 2007’s “Ms. Kelly,” 2011’s “Here I Am,” and 2013’s “Talk a Good Game.”
She has also acted in films such as 2000’s “Freddy vs. Jason,” and most recently appeared in the horror comedy “Bad Hair,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this January.