Destiny's Child: Where Are They Now?
It has been twenty years since American R&B group Destiny's Child released their self-titled debut album. The best-known and final line-up of the hit girl group featured Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Formed back in 1997, Destiny's Child included Knowles and Rowland, along with LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. Though the quartet's first two albums proved to be critical and commercial successes, internal conflict hounded the group. This turmoil would lead to the departure of Roberson and Luckett.
By 2000, the two were replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. Although Franklin quit after only five months with the group, a trio would be formed and would stay the line-up until the group disbanded. Destiny's Child would go on to sell more than 60 million records worldwide and would become one of the greatest trios of all time. They were nominated for 14 Grammy Awards and won two. With hit songs like "Say My Name," "Survivor," "Bootylicious," and "Independent Women," Destiny's Child cemented their place in girl group history.
Let's take a look at what the famous trio are up to now.
Arguably one of the biggest superstars in the world, Beyoncé has had awe-inspiring career that has spanned over two-decades. As an artist, she has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best selling music artists. In 2003, during Destiny's Child's hiatus Beyoncé released her solo debut album Dangerously In Love. The record would spawn the hit songs "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy." She also co-starred in Austin Powers in Goldmember, successfully crossing over into film.
Destiny's Child re-united after a two-year hiatus in 2004, and released their fourth and final studio album Destiny Fulfilled. Beyoncé would go on to release B'Day in 2006, with hit songs "Irreplaceable", "Deja Vu", and "Beautiful Liar." The singer also focused on acting during this time, appearing in films such as The Pink Panther, Dreamgirls, Obsessed, and as Etta James in Cadillac Records. Beyoncé would subsequently release two more albums, I Am...Sasha Fierce (2008) and 4 (2011). Both records would produce hits including "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and "Countdown."
Beyoncé released her eponymous album in 2013 with no prior announcement, and sold more than 822,773 albums worldwide in 3 days. It received universal acclaim and features "Drunk In Love" a song with Jay-Z, her husband. Following in similar suit, the songstress released the visual album Lemonade in 2016, which many critics praised as her most personal album to date. It became the best selling album of 2016, with over 1.5 million copies sold. Her most recent work was with her husband Jay-Z, a collaboration album entitled Everything Is Love, which they released as The Carters. She will be voicing the character of Nala in Jon Favreau's The Lion King (2019).
Beyoncé has a total of 22 Grammys (as a solo artist and for her work in Destiny's Child), 11 Billboard Awards, 24 Video Music Awards, and 10 NAACP Image Awards.
Aside from her impressive career, Beyoncé is a mother to three children: Blue Ivy and twins Rumi and Sir. She has been married to Jay-Z since 2008, and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down.
Along with Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Roland remained a key member of Destiny's Child throughout the group's entire career. During the group's two-year hiatus between 2002-2004, Kelly released her own solo album, Simply Deep (2002). The album would go on to sell 2.5 million copies worldwide and included the hit song "Dilemma", a duet with rapper Nelly. The single was a number-one hit in 10 countries, and sold over 7.6 million copies worldwide, therefore becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. She also released the singles "Stole" and "Can't Nobody."
Rowland also tried her hand at acting, appearing in the 2003 slasher film Freddy vs. Jason. The horror installment was a box office success, grossing $114.9 million. She would also have roles in the TV shows The Hughleys, Eve, and American Dreams, as well as the lead in the film The Seat Filler, a romantic comedy musical. Kelly would rejoin Knowles and Michelle Williams for Destiny's Child's final album, Destiny Fulfilled. The single "Girl" was written about the abusive relationship that the singer went through, and was a plea from her fellow group mates to escape the volatile relationship. After Hurricane Katrina hit, Rowland and Knowles founded the Survivor Foundation, that helped provide transitional housing for victims and evacuees in the Houston, Texas area.
In 2007, she released her sophomore album Ms. Kelly, which debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200. It would include the singles "Work" and "Like This", featuring rapper Eve. In 2009, Roland appeared on David Guetta's track "When Love Takes Over", which sold over 5.5 million copies. Her next album Here I Am sold 77,000 copies its first week and included the hit songs "Commander" and "Motivation" ft. Lil Wayne. She was a judge on The X Factor for a two seasons, and had supporting role in the film Think Like A Man.
On February 13, 2013 Rowland, along with Michelle Williams, reunited with Beyoncé to perform at the Superbowl halftime show. She released Talk A Good Game in 2014, and was a recurring cast member on season two of the hit series Empire. In her personal life, the singer married her manager Tim Weatherspoon and together the couple have a son, Titan Jewell Weatherspoon.
Rounding out the final trio is Michelle Williams, who joined the group in 2000 with the departure of LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. As a member of the group, Williams would sell go on to sell 35 million copies with Knowles and Rowland. Like her fellow group mates, Michelle released a debut single album during their hiatus. Heart To Yours (2002) topped the US gospel album chart, and became the best-selling gospel release of the year, with 200,000 copies sold. Her first and only single from the album "Heard a Word" was applauded by critics. That same year, she received a MOBO Award for "Best Gospel Act."
Williams made her on-stage acting debut in the title role of Aida, and became the only Destiny's Child member to appear on Broadway. She released her sophomore album Do You Know in 2004, and while it failed to chart strongly on the Billboard 200, it did well on the Top Gospel Albums chart and Christian Albums. Like her fellow group mates, Williams embraced acting, appearing in the comedy show Half & Half, as well as Shug Avery in the Broadway musical The Color Purple.
The gospel songstress would then release albums Unexpected (2008) and Journey To Freedom (2014), which found favorable reviews among critics. She also starred as Roxie Hart in the Broadway show Chicago in 2009. Her single "Say Yes" from the album Journey To Freedom featured Knowles and Roland, and won Music Video of the Year at the 30th Stellar Awards.
In 2017, she began dating pastor and professional sports chaplain Chad Johnson, and the two became engaged in April 2018. Earlier this year, Williams opened up about her mental health struggles, and expressed how she was seeking treatment for her issues. The singer hoped to raise awareness of depression and wanted to inspire others to speak up.