Why Beyoncé’s Father Says Destiny’s Child Was Never Allowed To Work With R. Kelly
Since Lifetime aired it’s 6-hour three-part docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly old and new allegations against famed R&B singer R. Kelly have been swirling around the internet. Many women, girls, family members, and those who were once close to the songwriter/producer have come forward to accuse him of sexual abuse, assault, inappropriate sexual relationships with minors and much more.
Now, celebrities like John Legend, Chance the Rapper and Lady Gaga have come forward to rally behind survivors of Kelly’s alleged abuse and a criminal investigation against the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer has launched as well. Various stories from Kelly’s sordid past are also being revealed including his relationship with the late-R&B singer Aaliyah whom he allegedly married when he was 27, and she was just a 15-year-old girl. Facts from his 2008 trial where he was charged with 21 counts of child pornography after he allegedly videotaped himself having sex with an unidentified underage girl have also been uncovered.
Matthew Knowles –mega-star Beyoncé Knowles’ father has also come forward about why he never let the singer or Destiney’s Child work with the Chicago native while he was their manager.
Matthew Knowles had heard about R. Kelly’s reputation
Knowles told Metro that not long after his Kelly’s alleged marriage to Aaliyah, he’d heard things about the singer’s relationships with young girls. These rumors came around 1999 just as Destiny’s Child was gearing up to debut their first album. As a result, Knowles was adamant about turning down various offers to work with Kelly.
Beyonce’s dad remembered, “The thing with R Kelly was, he liked to record late at night, around midnight. And what was different with his studio was that one room had a recording suite, and next door was a club, with 40 or 50 people dancing.”
Knowles made sure the girls were closely watched and guarded
The entertainment industry can already be a sordid place for impressionable young people. After hearing the rumors and allegations against Kelly, Knowles made sure to be even more vigilant about Destiny’s Child whereabouts. He explained, “The girls were 15, 16. When they went to the bathroom, Tina [Knowles Lawson then-wife] would go with them. They did not leave our eyes.”
In the end, Destiny’s Child recorded a single song during their entire career that was penned by Kelly, “Stimulate Me” but they never worked with them in the studio. The song appeared on the soundtrack for the hit 1999 film Life starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. However, the song never appeared on any of Destiny Child’s official releases.
R. Kelly has not directly addressed Surviving R. Kelly, but we think it’s only a matter of time before he does. Apparently, there was a website up from his camp called “Surviving Lies” — but the social network promptly took it down.
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