Why Chlöe Was Afraid to Go Solo

Beyoncé has a star on her hands with Chlöe. The “Treat Me” singer is proving how dynamic she is as a solo sensation. The singer was initially fearful of going solo. But stepping out on her own has been rewarding to say the least.

Halle and Chloe Bailey pose together - the former duo are now pursuing solo careers
Halle and Chloe Bailey 2022 | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

She feared people would not be receptive to her as a solo artist

The 23-year-old grew up in front of the world alongside her talented sister, performing cover songs on YouTube before signing to Beyoncé. As a due, Chloe x Halle have Grammy nominations and toured worldwide. But stepping out on her own was something she was hesitant about doing.

“I was afraid that people wouldn’t even be interested in me without my sister,” she said in an interview with Buzz Feed. “And I was doubting my own voice and sound and all that. I also had separation anxiety, but I had to remember that my sister and I are going through very similar experiences separately, but at the same time, if that makes sense. We just had to remind ourselves that we are special together, but also special apart. And we’ll always have each other’s back.”

The singer says the COVID-19 pandemic forced her into creating solo music

Going solo this soon wasn’t the plan for Chlöe, but during an interview with Tamron Hall, the Grownish star explained that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she and Halle found themselves in different parts of the world. Chlöe says they had to figure out how to pursue their passions separately. 

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“My sister got the role of Ariel [in The Little Mermaid] and I’m so proud of her,” she explained. “And with that, she had to go to London for about eight months and you know, it almost turned into two years because of the pandemic. So with that, we were separated and it was really hard for the both of us. We had separation anxiety almost.”

Despite not initially opting to go solo at that point, Chlöe says it’s been rewarding to free herself creatively and explore her solo passions. “We both knew one day we’d do our own projects, we just didn’t know it would come so fast,” she added. “That was the longest we’ve ever been separated from each other. Because, you know, we’re not twins, but we operated like we were. She’s my best friend. And so when she was over there, when I create music, it’s therapy for me. So I just couldn’t stop. And I just kept creating, and it just kept piling up and piling up. And I was like, well, I gotta do something with it.”

Chlöe is excited for the world to see her sister as a solo entity as well

The sisters have proven that despite forging their own paths, they remain supportive of each other and even perform together from time to time. While Chlöe is prepping the release of her debut album, Halle is gearing up for the release of her first major film as Ariel in the live-action remake of the Disney classic movie

Chlöe cannot wait for people to see Halle shine in this way, especially as many doubted Halle as the casting decision. “I’m gonna let her voice speak for itself — when people see and hear her onscreen, they’ll have nothing bad to say,” she said of her sister.

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