Kelly Rowland. biography
Born Kelendria Trene Rowland on February 11, 1981, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Doris Rowland and Christopher Lovett, Kelly Rowland was raised by Matthew and Tina Knowles alongside their daughter Beyoncé in Houston, Texas. During high school, Kelly and Beyoncé formed the girl group Girl's Tyme and went on to compete in the talent show Star Search before landing a recording contract with Columbia Records under the name Destiny's Child in 1997.
In 1998, Destiny's Child released their debut self-titled album, which featured their first hit single "No, No, No" and resulted in the girls taking home the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul Single.
The following year, the group's follow-up album The Writing's on the Wall debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 132,000 copies. Featuring the Billboard Hot 100 number one single "Bills, Bills, Bills" and the 2001 Grammy-award winning hit "Say My Name," the certified 2x Platinum album earned the group the 1999 Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year and established them as a girl group powerhouse.
After replacing the two original band mates LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson with Michelle Williams in 2000, Destiny's Child returned with their worldwide hit single "Independent Women Part I" off the soundtrack of Charlie's Angels, which remained atop the Billboard Hot 100 for eleven consecutive weeks. A year later, their third studio album Survivor debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and featured the top-charting hit singles "Independent Women Part I," "Bootylicious" and "Survivor" with the latter taking home the 2002 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
By the late 2000s, the group had decided to take an indefinite hiatus to focus on individual ventures and led Kelly to collaborate with rapper Nelly on his single "Dilemma" off of his album Nellyville. The single was a commercial success, earning Kelly the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and helping ignite her solo career.
In October 2002, Kelly's first solo album Simply Deep debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 77,000 copies. The album featured the top-20 charted single "Stole" and has since sold 2 million copies worldwide.
Two years later, Destiny's Child reunited with the release of their comeback album Destiny Fulfilled. Reaching number two on the Billboard 200, the album spawned the worldwide hits "Lose My Breath," "Cater 2 U" and "Soldier." In 2005, the girls released their compilation album #1's with the single "Stand Up for Love" leading the way to commercial success.
In 2007, Kelly returned to her solo roots and released her second album Ms. Kelly. Despite failing to meet the success of her first album in the international market, the album debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 86,000 copies and went on to sell more than 1.2 million records around the world.
A couple of years later, Kelly dropped her two EPs Ms. Kelly: Diva Deluxe and Ms. Kelly: Digital Ep prior to being featured on David Guetta's single "When Love Takes Over" off of his album One Love (2009), which later earned the two a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording in 2010.
Released in July 2011, Kelly's third studio album Here I Am debuted at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and found moderate success with the lead single "Commander" becoming a top-10 hit song on the UK Singles Chart.
In August 2012, Kelly dropped her lead single "Kisses Down Low" off of her fourth studio album Talk a Good Game, which is set to release sometime in 2013.
Aside from her musical side, Kelly made her first on-screen appearance in the comedy Beverly Hood (1999) followed by a more prominent role in the horror flick Freddy vs. Jason (2003). She went on to appear in the TV programs American Dreams (2003), Eve (2003) as well as Single Ladies (2011) and most recently landed supporting roles in the comedy Think Like a Man (2012) and the made-for-TV film What Would Dylan Do? (2013).
Kelly Rowland Boyfriend & Dating History Timeline
2001 - 2002
Kelly dated Lebron's manager Maverick Carter for a year before breaking up.
Rumors that Kelly was dating rapper Nelly began circulating after they released their collaboration hit single "Dilemma" in 2002. Due to the love-filled lyrics, many assumed they were dating, rumors that Kelly later denied, saying, "Nelly and I are not dating. He actually has been a friend of Destiny's Child for two years. Nelly's like a big brother."
2004 - January 2005
Kelly and NFL star Roy Williams were briefly engaged in 2004, but ultimately called the wedding off in January 2005. In November 2011, Kelly spoke openly on the failed engagement, revealing to UK's Cosmopolitan magazine, "I was too young for marriage. I remember my sister B [Beyoncé] asked me one question: she said, 'Well, you know what you want now, don't you?' and I was like 'Yes'. It was so hard and embarrassing because everyone knew. I'd posed for the front cover of a magazine in my wedding dress and it was on sale! But sometimes you fall down and you learn from it."
Rumor had it that Kelly and Miami Heat baller Dwyane Wade dated in 2007, during the time the basketball player's marriage was on the brink of failure. They were seen together on multiple occasions, but neither side addressed the rumors.
After being photographed together on several occasions in May 2007, the world naturally assumed Kelly and renowned jeweler Fawaz Gruosi were a couple. But, the rumors soon died down.
Kelly was romantically linked to English soccer player Kieran Richardson in June 2007, however, the singer went on to deny the rumors, stating, "I've never met this guy. It's not true. I'm not dating at the moment."
December 2012 - Present
Kelly and music producer The Dream sparked dating rumors when they were spotted on a double date with Beyoncé and Jay-Z at Miami's Soho Beach Club in December 2012. No word yet on whether or not the rumors are true.