Tuesday 27 September 2016

Kelly Rowland shuts down Beyonce and Rihanna rivalry rumours: 'They are two women who support each other'

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Published 23/03/2016 | 09:33

Singers Beyonce Knowles (L) and Rihanna (R). (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Singers Beyonce Knowles (L) and Rihanna (R). (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Chils reunite for Kelly's 25 birthday party. Photo: Kelly Rowland / Instagram.
Kelly Rowland attends the 15th Annual USTA Opening Night Gala at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
Beyonce messes around with Destiny's Child band members Kelly Rowland (left) and Michelle Williams (right)

Singer Kelly Rowland has denied there is any rivalry between her former Destiny's Child bandmate Beyonce and fellow pop star Rihanna.

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Rumours have circulated for years suggesting the two ladies do not get on, amid claims Beyonce is jealous over her husband Jay Z's relationship with his protegee Rihanna, who he began working with more than a decade ago.

More recently it was speculated the 28-year-old was upset with Beyonce after she released her new single, Formation, hot on the heels of Rihanna's latest album, Anti, but Kelly insists all the reports are nonsense.

"They are two women who support each other," she told the New York Daily News. "The rest of the world starts the rivalry. They are very secure women."

Kelly Rowland attends the 15th Annual USTA Opening Night Gala at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
Kelly Rowland attends the 15th Annual USTA Opening Night Gala at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Her comments echo those of Rihanna, who addressed the rivalry rumours herself in a recent interview with Vogue.

"Here's the deal," she said. "They just get so excited to feast on something that's negative. Something that's competitive. Something that's, you know, a rivalry. And that's just not what I wake up to. Because I can only do me. And nobody else is going to be able to do that."

Beyonce messes around with Destiny's Child band members Kelly Rowland (left) and Michelle Williams (right)
Beyonce messes around with Destiny's Child band members Kelly Rowland (left) and Michelle Williams (right)

Meanwhile, Kelly remains extremely close to Beyonce, 34, with the pair growing up together before forming Destiny's Child in the mid-90s.

The group also featured Michelle Williams and despite disbanding in 2006, their friendship has stood the test of time, and both women recently helped Kelly celebrate her 35th birthday.

Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Chils reunite for Kelly's 25 birthday party. Photo: Kelly Rowland / Instagram.
Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Chils reunite for Kelly's 25 birthday party. Photo: Kelly Rowland / Instagram.

"I always see the ladies," she added. "We always hang out. Michelle was just at my house last week. Myself and B were hanging out - even though it is not in front of everyone at the Super Bowl. We were at her house."

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