It isn’t victim blaming or shaming to point out some of these parents did their children a disservice by allowing them to be around R Kelly at a young age.
Almost everyone from the beginning knew about R Kelly’s history with young girls because of Aaliyah and parents were still letting him “mentor” their young daughters.
Matthew Knowles wasn’t one of those parents. He details via Metro News how he would never allow Beyonce or Destiny’s Child to be nowhere near R Kelly. Industry insiders back up what he says.
The 67-year-old, the father of Beyonce and Solange, told us: ‘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.
The music manager said: ‘The girls were 15, 16. When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes.’
A source told Metro.co.uk: ‘Record labels would ask R Kelly to write songs for emerging artists as a way to help them break into the industry and he made several requests for Destiny’s Child. Mathew and Tina rejected all of them because they didn’t want him anywhere near the band which is why they are one of the few acts to debut in the 90s without an R Kelly song in its official discography.’
The singer, real name Robert S Kelly, did write one song in Destiny’s Child’s back catalogue – Stimulate Me, which was on the soundtrack for the 1999 Eddie Murphy film Life. However, a source informed us that Kelly was not in the studio when Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson were recording with producer Jermaine Dupri, adding: ‘Mathew didn’t want it on any official Destiny’s Child’s albums so it didn’t appear.’
Beyonce has never worked with R Kelly in her solo career either, with a source telling us she has ‘always turned him down’. ‘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 Beyonce didn’t give it the all clear so it never happened.’
Good for Matthew and Beyonce.
Flip the page for videos of R Kelly saying regardless of his critics he is going to continue to be a predator and Damon Dash thoughts on him working with Jay Z and his relationship with Aaliyah.