“For a long time I wasn’t happy, but that had nothing to do with Beyoncé,” former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland told Essence magazine. “That had to do with me trying to get my life in order and make better decisions for myself.”
After both launching into solo careers around the same time, Kelly’s often been framed as the singer left in Beyoncé’s shadow. That isn’t exactly the case.
“I’m seeing all these wonderful things happen for her and I am happy for her,” she explained. “But I want a path. I want things to pop off for me, too.”
For Kelly, her personal success isn’t something she compares to her soul sister’s; it isn’t a competition, admitting, “Not on her level, but whatever my level is supposed to be.”
Kelly has received accolades this summer for her latest album, Talk A Good Game, where she takes her music to a deeply personal level, sharing her insecurities on tracks like “Dirty Laundry,” for example.
She’s also secured herself a judge/mentor’s chair on “X Factor,” alongside returning judges Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell, and newcomer Paulina Rubio.