Beyoncé’s Father Talks Protecting Destiny’s Child From R. Kelly
While speaking with Metro UK, Beyoncé‘s father, Matthew Knowles, spoke about he and her mother, Tina Knowles, protecting his daughter and fellow Destiny’s Child group members from R. Kelly in the 90s.
Additionally, Mr. Knowles admitted that Kelly’s reputation “certainly” played a role in halting all collaborations with the legendary R&B crooner.
Subsequent to Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly series, the attention on the sexual abuse allegations, since the 90s, is again national news, and Matthew is the latest industry executive to speak on it.
So, he revealed the first time he turned down a song from the singer for his girl band DC, and later he speaks of the rumors around his reputation.
I was there, and my former wife Tina was there. 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. R. Kelly was managed by Sony, by someone I won’t name, and at that time, they would almost force you to record with [their] artists. And R. Kelly wasn’t cheap – it was $75,000, plus travel costs, so we’re talking $100,000 for a song. I personally rejected the song, because I didn’t think it was a good song. Not just because of [his] reputation – this was around 1998, we had just begun to hear some of those things.
While he admits that he truly hadn’t liked the song he turned down, he admits that from then on, he’d continue to turn down invites including the fact that his reputation preceded him.
[It] certainly [played a role]. The girls were 15, 16. When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes.
In addition, a source tells the publication that Bey always declined to work with Kelly, she “always turned him down,” even after her DC split.
Back in 2008 he released a remix of her single ‘If I Were a Boy’. The plan was to have it become an official remix as they are both signed to the label but Beyoncé didn’t give it the all clear so it never happened.
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