Beyoncé's father Mathew Knowles reveals he deliberately kept Destiny's Child away from R. Kelly
After fresh investigations have put R Kelly on the spotlight for alleged sexual and physical abuse, Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles reveals that he's always deliberately kept his daughter's girl group, Destiny's Child, away from R Kelly during the height of their fame.
R Kelly's most recent Lifetime documentary called "Surviving R Kelly" has put him under the heat of the law, after he was accused of holding five women in a "sex cult", and having sexual relations with girls that were as young as 14-years-old. The 52-year-old rapper strongly denied these accusations, but a more thorough investigation is underway.
Although the allegations came to light yet again because of the airing of the documentary, these rumors have actually been around since the '90s when the singer married Aaliyah when she was 15-years-old while he was already 27.
Speaking to Metro UK, Mathew Knowles already knew the dangers of having his daughter close to R Kelly, that is why he first turned down a song from the R&B star after Destiny's Child's first album because "it wasn't good enough".
The 67-year-old father told the publication that at the time, he already knew that business with R Kelly was shady, and he did not want to put his daughter in an uncomfortable position with her other bandmates.
Mathew Knowles made it clear that when it came to Destiny's Child, the girls were always kept under a watchful eye. https://t.co/EKPaBShe6W— Refinery29 (@Refinery29) January 10, 2019
"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."
Knowles added that he did not reject the song only because of his reputation, but because he just didn't think it was a good song.
Daddy Knowles and Ms. Tina didn't play. "When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes." https://t.co/fIl1AvKmAB— Letisha Bereola (@LetishaANjax) January 10, 2019
"The girls were 15, 16. When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes."
In the end, Destiny's Child remained to be the few acts to debut in the '90s who did not have an R Kelly song in their discography. This was thanks to Mathew and Tina Knowles, who rejected all the rapper's proposals because they did not want him near the teenage girls.
Despite all the controversies surrounding him, R Kelly remains to be unbothered and has been seen partying it up in a club on his birthday.
‘They did not leave our eyes.’ https://t.co/l4rEUUx24g— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) January 11, 2019