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Kelly Rowland on Living in Beyoncé’s Shadow: ‘I Would Torture Myself in My Head’

KELLY ROWLAND, BEYONCE

Kelly Rowland admits there was an entire decade where she was greatly affected by the constant comparisons to Beyoncé. 

Rowland opened up about her post-Destiny’s Child  life during a recent episode of “The Voice Australia”.

As reported by TooFab, the admission came when contestant Chris Sebastian said he felt overshadowed by his older brother, Guy Sebastian, who won the first “Australian Idol.”

“Identity has been a real weird thing for me,” Chris said. “I love Guy but like I’ve always kind of had to prove myself. Even just being taken seriously, its been hard to be taken seriously.”

“I know this feeling,” Kelly responded, adding with a laugh, “Can you imagine what it’s like being in a group with Beyonce?”

Kelly went on to say that it was quite challenging to find her own identity after the group called it quits.

“I would just torture myself in my head,” she explained. “Like, I can’t wear this dress because they’re going to say it’s like B, or, I can’t have a song like that because it sounds too much like B. They’re gonna compare anyways.”

Rowland added, “There was a whole decade, if I am being completely honest, a decade, that it was like the elephant in the room. It was the thing that would constantly be on my shoulder.”

She then offered this advice to  Chris, “This is your opportunity to carve your own path, even with [Guy] sitting in that chair down there.”

Rowland has released four studio albums since Destiny’s Child disbanded, and dropped her new single, “Coffee,” back in April.

She previously opened up to PEOPLE about her latest solo project, saying: “It’s really about just owning your sexuality. You should already know how sexy and great you are without someone having to tell you,” Rowland explained.

Adding, “As women, for so long we’d do something to be regarded by others, and this song says, ‘I really don’t need to hear what anyone else has to say.'”

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