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Kelly Rowland Would 'Torture' Herself Over Beyoncé Comparison

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By Whitney Vasquez

Kelly Rowland is getting candid about the years she struggled being in a group with Beyoncé. Saying she felt overshadowed by Queen Bey for over a decade, the singer says she would "torture" herself over being compared to the "Formation" hitmaker. Rowland, 39, reflected on stepping out of the shadows to build her own career while leveling with "The Voice Australia" contestant Chris Sebastian during the episode on Tuesday, July 14. When Chris recalled being overshadowed by his big brother, Kelly Rowland said she could relate.

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“I know this feeling. Can you imagine what it’s like being in a group with Beyoncé?” the "Motivation" singer asked. “I would just torture myself in my head. Like, I can’t wear this dress because they’re going to say it’s like B. Or, I can’t have a song like that because it sounds too much like B. They’re gonna compare anyways.”

Revealing all the comparisons got to her, the "Coffee" singer admitted, “I would be lying if I said ‘No, it’s never bothered me.’ That’s bull. There was a whole decade, if I am being completely honest, a decade where it was like the elephant in the room. It was the thing that would constantly be on my shoulder.”

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Kelly Rowland began singing with Beyoncé in 1990 and Destiny's Child was formed seven years later. The ever-changing girl group finally got its final member Michelle Williams in 2000. While the group made a special appearance during Beyoncé's Coachella headlining show in 2018, Kelly Rowland previously said she's happy to be doing music on her own.

“It’s not about achieving her level but achieving my own,” she stated during an interview Russ Parr Morning Show in 2013. “So many people were like, ‘When you gon’ do this like Bey?’ When you’re in a relationship and somebody’s comparing you and your sister as well, you’re hearing it all the time that to you, [it] starts to sound like a normal thing when it’s not.”

Kelly Rowland added, "And I don’t want to be on [Beyoncé’s] level. I want my own, and Michelle wants her own. When people compare, it’s just so insane to me.”

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