After nearly15 years together, it’s over for Destiny’s Child, with Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams set to go their separate ways after wrapping up their current Destiny Fulfilled … And Lovin’ It Tour.
Rowland made the surprise announcement onstage before 16,0000 fans in Barcelona this Saturday. The following day, the trio released a statement to MTV News, saying: “We have been working together as Destiny’s Child since we were 9, and touring together since we were 14. After a lot of discussion and some deep soul searching, we realized that our current tour has given us the opportunity to leave Destiny’s Child on a high note, united in our friendship and filled with an overwhelming gratitude for our music, our fans, and each other.”
The three, who started together in Houston, consider this “the time to pursue our personal goals and solo efforts in earnest.”
The statement also went on to say: “No matter what happens, we will always love each other as friends and sisters and will always support each other as artists. We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible love and support and hope to see you all again as we continue fulfilling our destinies.”
After the U.S. tour (which kicks off July 9, immediately following the current European swing) the group will retire the name and concentrate individually on movie, music, live theater and TV careers. The final concert is slated for Sept. 10 in Vancouver, Canada.
Beyonce, who will launch a fashion and cosmetics line this fall, has long been the group’s breakout star, though, as MTV notes, it was Williams who first released a solo album, the 2002 gospel title Heart to Yours.
Still, it was Beyonce, 23, who’s made it to the top of the singles’ charts, with such hits as “Crazy in Love.” She’s also already landed on the movie screen, costarring with Mike Meyers in the third Austin Powers comedy, Goldmember – and was a prominent performer on this year s Oscars.