R&B superstars Destiny's Child released their self-titled debut album in 1998, the first time the world met Beyoncé Knowles. The group ruled the airwaves in the late '90s and early 2000s, but tons of behind-the-scenes drama played out behind the scenes, drama that in the age of social media might have led to an early disbandment. As a result, there exist some epic Destiny's Child stories behind the creation of smashes like "Independent Women" and "Bootylicious." Though Destiny Fulfilled in 2004, there are even calls to reunite the group again in the future. These fascinating secrets about Destiny's Child got obscured by the group's overwhelming popularity and Beyoncé's eventual rise to the very top of the music world.
Reading through these stories, you start to understand why many people said the group's manager - Beyoncé's father, Mathew - bore responsibility for the original lineup's break-up. Mathew notoriously pushed his young charges, making them work so hard they cried and nearly bankrupting the Knowles family while managing a fledgling Destiny's Child. Other things you didn't know about Destiny's Child include the ways Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, supported her daughter's fledgling career or how LaTavia and LeToya learned they'd been booted from Destiny's Child. Plenty of Beyoncé conspiracy theories occupy much of the public's interest, but all that jazz has its roots in the phenomenon of Destiny's Child.
Was Beyoncé Driving A Sports Car While LeToya Couldn't Pay Her Rent?
When LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson left the group, the two alleged their manager Mathew Knowles failed to pay them their proper dues. According to Becoming Beyoncé, J. Randy Taraborrelli's unauthorized biography of Queen B, they noted how Mathew favored his daughter over the other three members. She got more appearances and got paid more, supposedly. When Bey bought a Jaguar to drive, LeToya reportedly couldn't even afford to pay her cell phone bill. That's nearly a line out of "Bills Bills Bills."
According to Knowles, Bey and Kelly did all the singing, so they deserved a bigger cut. Girl power!
Beyoncé's Parents Functionally Acted As Surrogates For Kelly Rowland
When Kelly Rowland was young, her mom, Doris, left her hard-drinking and verbally abusive husband, Christopher Lovett. As a result, Kelly moved in with family friends Mathew and Tina Knowles in Houston, Texas. She grew up like the couple's third daughter, so much so, rumors began floating that Mathew was her real dad.,
An actual Knowles daughter, Solange told HelloBeautiful:
Kelly Rowland actually grew up with us. She moved in when she was five and so we have sort of a blended family. I’ve only ever looked at her as a sister. I think adoption is a beautiful thing.
Tragically, Doris passed away in 2014, not long after Kelly welcomed her first child, son Titan.
Mathew Knowles Gave Up His Job To Manage The Group And Had Money Issues
Mathew Knowles always worked hard to promote Destiny's Child - first called Girls Tyme. In 1995, he left his prosperous job selling medical equipment for Xerox in order to manage the group full-time. The new venture failed to have immediate success, however, placing some pressure financial pressure on the young Knowles family. During this time, the main income came from Tina Knowles Lawson's hair salon.
Bey's Childhood Sweetheart Inspired 'Say My Name'
Destiny's Child's smash hit "Say My Name" earned the group its first Grammy Award. Coincidentally, the song many people identified with also happened to be extremely personal for the group, specifically Beyoncé. The songs lyrics, all about a cheating boyfriend, described a long-term partner of Knowles's. Lyndall Locke and Beyoncé dated from their pre-teens until her twenties. Unsurprisingly, Mathew was super-strict about his daughter dating, but the two remained together until Lyndall cheated on Bey. According to Taraborelli, suspicious Bey demanded he say her name out loud when they spoke on the phone to prove to her he wasn't cheating. Sounds familiar!