You’ve achieved a lot and you’re still only in your twenties. You’re a founding member of mega group Destiny’s Child, you went on to sell millions of albums, win 3 Grammies, as well as fit in acting and your solo stuff. Do you sometimes regret not having had a ‘normal’ life? What’s it like having grown up in the spotlight?
For me it became a normal life. When Destiny’s Child first came out I was about 15 or 16. It’s been almost 12 years of being in the spot light so I guess I’m kinda used to it, you know? And I must say, because we have great parents it hasn’t affected us personally.
What does it take to be a successful, independent woman today?
Hard work, perseverance and just a constant grind and to know everything that’s going on around you, that’s when you win and when you can be creatively innovative, and to enjoy it above anything.
In your mind, who is a beautiful woman?
Gosh I know so many beautiful women, I really do, because they’re just good people and when I see them I’m just floored by their presence, by how sweet they are, just good-natured people. There’s one person in my life who’s one of the most beautiful women and that’s Beyonce’s mum, Tina Knowles, she’s been really instrumental in my life, she to me is the example of what a great woman is.
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
I’m more than just Kelly of Destiny’s Child. I can stand on my own two feet by myself, and I think that a lot of people are gonna do that, just because Destiny’s Child was so huge.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear would have to be failure.
What’s it like recording solo, without Destiny’s Child? Is it less fun not having the girls around?
It’s still fun but you miss not having them in the studio. Especially with Beyonce and Michelle because Michelle is so silly and she makes everything fun, and when I’m too intense she breaks me up a bit and says, ‘Girl! Get out of it!’ and I learn a lot from her and Beyonce. Beyonce’s so creative, I like to watch her and Michelle because they’re so different and they’re not me, and there’s so many things I learn from them. But I also like to be in the studio by myself because I learn a lot by myself too.
Do you still keep in touch with them?
Definitely, I just spoke to Beyonce an hour ago, and I spoke to Michelle via text just before I came in here.
How did your early friendship affect your relationship with Beyonce in the group, and are you still as close today?
Definitely still as close, nothing has changed, we just older. We still talk and act silly, just like we used to be. Nothing has changed.
Can you tell me anything about Beyonce’s marriage to Jay-Z?
Are you currently seeing anyone?
Yeah I’m dating, definitely dating, but that’s as far as I’ll go with that I do love about Jay and B, is that what they have is theirs. It’s not the publics. And if you see them out, then you just see them out, and you’re not going to know anything more than that, and I think that that’s sacred, and it’s smart because they also have great respect for what they do, when they do an interview it’s not about each other, it’s about them as artists.
What do you think about the prospect of the first female, or first black US President?
Look how far we’ve come! From when women didn’t have rights, and the closest thing we had to a black President was Martin Luther King. So to possibly have a black leader, and I think he’ll be our leader, it would be great. Either him or Hillary would be great.
Do you think Destiny’s Child will reform for another album, or a world tour such as The Spice Girls and Take That recently did?
Anything could happen! We’ll see what happens.
Do you ever get star struck?
Definitely. I haven’t met her yet but I know that I’d be star struck if I met Sade, completely. I was so star struck when I met Whitney Houston! I couldn’t say a word! I squeezed Michelle and Beyonce’s hands so tight because I was in complete shock.
Do you plan to retire young?
No, I wanna work as long as I can!
How hard is it being a female in this industry? Is it harder for women?
No, it’s as hard as you make it, I think that it’s all up to you, you can make it easy or you can make it hard.
What are you up to next?
Putting another record together, doing some more TV, and setting up a young girl’s organisation where I reach out to young ladies in the community, we talk about being women, and growing up in this world and how we better ourselves.
Words: Anna Nathanson