When you remind Kelly Rowland that this year marks two decades since the start of Destiny’s Child, she can hardly fathom it.
“It’s mind-blowing to me. I can’t believe that ... It’s been an awesome 20 years,” the singer told The Huffington Post during a Build Series interview Tuesday. “I really can’t complain. And to still be able to be here talking in front of you, having you all here, and people wanting to be engaged with me? That’s a blessing.”
Destiny’s Child formed in 1997 and released their self-titled debut album a year later. Their sophomore effort, 1999’s “The Writing’s on the Wall,” catapulted the group to fame with hits like “Say My Name” and “Bills, Bills, Bills.” More albums, along with tours and awards followed until the gals disbanded in the mid-2000s to pursue solo careers.
But they’ve blessed us with some reunions through the years. Destiny’s Child teamed up for the Super Bowl in 2013, with Rowland and Michelle Williams joining Beyoncé’s halftime show. And just last fall the trio got together and did the Mannequin Challenge at Rowland’s 2-year-old son’s birthday party.
When asked if the ladies have anything planned for the 20-year anniversary, Rowland said they haven’t talked about it, at least not yet. After all, they are all busy doing some pretty great things.
“One is going to have some babies,” Rowland said, referring to Beyoncé, who’s pregnant with twins. “And I’m going to put out a record, and Michelle is working on some secret stuff right now, so I’ll be just be quiet on that. There’s some beautiful things happening with us individually. So, we haven’t talked about it but when we do, we would definitely want to surprise people, which we’ve all said before. But nothing’s cooking.”
Still, that doesn’t mean the ladies aren’t in touch. Rowland, who just published the book Whoa, Baby!: A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (and Wonder What the #*$& Just Happened), says she often talks to longtime friends like Bey about kids and being a parent.
“Me and all my friends talk about motherhood. It’s just so interesting growing up with people and you see how everybody is evolving ― having kids and getting married, doing all these things with their business,” she said. “And I’m just so proud of all of us. And it’s awesome to watch. It’s a blessing, too. You realize how beautiful friendships are.”
In addition to putting out her book, Rowland has been extremely busy in the studio working on her first new solo album since 2013’s “Talk a Good Game.” Rowland says her fans have been waiting patiently, but now they’re eager for new material ― as is she.
“All of my fans have been so supportive but now they’re like, ‘We’ve hit a ceiling,’” she said.
There’s no timeline for the album, but as soon as it’s done, Rowland plans to release it. And it’s safe to say she’s proud of how it’s turning out so far.
“I have the guts to really put out the record. I’m unapologetic with this record. It’s everything that I want it to be,” said Rowland, who noted that the songs are R&B and soul-inspired. “It feels like life. It feels like a score.”
“For me it’s been the most bold I’ve ever been,” she added. “And I want it to be a good example for my son.”
To see the full Build Series interview, check out the video below.