Destiny's Child: Inside Their Lives
Destiny's Child (at the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas on Oct. 25) rely on Beyoncé's mom, Tina Knowles, to design many of their dramatic outfits. "She's the only person who knows what we want," says Beyonce (with Kelly Rowland, center, and Michelle Williams).
The trio felt a bit jittery about doing intricate choreography in super-high stilettos while performing their hit single "Lose My Breath" at the Radio Music Awards (in October). "We're nervous just thinking about dance steps and lighting," Beyonce, who won Top 40 artist of the year (thanks to her triple-platinum 2003 solo album Dangerously in Love), told PEOPLE.
"There aren't many black women in the world who can say they have their own fragrance, so this is wonderful," says Beyoncé (with Tommy Hilfiger in New York on June 24) of launching her own perfume with the designer, True Star. She's also teamed with mom Tina on an upcoming fashion line, House of Dereon, named after Beyoncé's grandmother.
Rowland (who went gold with her 2002 solo album Simply Deep) got engaged to Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams on May 10 in New York City, six months after they began dating. The couple (at a charity basketball game in Sunrise, Fla., on July 25) plan to wed in March, and she already sees "two or three kids" in their future.
"When I first got in (to the group), I just sat back and saw Destiny's Child going to the next level. It's like, how high can we go?" says Williams (shooting a TV commercial in New York City in January). The singer, who joined the group in 2000, has seen the Grammy-winning group go quadruple-platinum on albums including 2001's Survivor.
NO LOSE SITUATION
Besides the Nov. 15 release of Destiny Fulfilled, the trio (on the Los Angeles video set of "Lose My Breath" on Oct. 11) will launch a 70-city world tour in April, and recently replaced Justin Timberlake as celebrity spokespeople for tour sponsor McDonald's.
ON THE DOWN-LOW
Beyoncé and Jay-Z (on vacation in the South of France on Aug. 22) don't say much about their two-year-old relationship, despite rumors of an impending engagement. The closest they came to publicly acknowledging it was when they gave shout-outs to each other from the stage while accepting individual honors at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29.
Rowland got to use her vocal skills in a new way while filming the 2003 horror flick Freddy vs. Jason: "They taped me screaming once and then used it throughout the movie," she says. Rowland (with costar Robert "Freddy" Englund at the movie's Hollywood premiere in August 2003) is giving acting another go in the upcoming comedy The Seat Filler.
Williams hit the Broadway stage as Nubian princess Aida in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical of the same name in November 2003. The singer (at a curtain call a month into her run) admitted to having butterflies about being accepted on the Great White Way: "I kinda gotta put all that behind me," she told MTV. "I'm here for a reason."
Beyoncé takes a break on the New York City set of The Pink Panther in May. She plays pop singer – and murder suspect – Xania in the comedy remake about bumbling Inspector Clouseau (played by Steve Martin). Williams and Rowland (right) surprised their pal by paying a surprise visit on the set.
Williams (surrounded by the African Children's Choir in West Croydon, England, on May 26) released her second gospel album, Do You Know (following 2002's Heart to Yours), in March. Beyonce appeared on a song, and her sister Solange cowrote and coproduced the track "The Movement."
Rowland (at 'N Sync's Challenge for the Children in Miami on July 24) credits a fast metabolism for her svelte frame because, she admits, "I eat a lot of food." Besides dancing, her workouts include chasing Yorkie pup Mocha "up and down the stairs."
The trio says they're in perfect harmony on- and offstage. "We never, never, never fight," says Beyonce(center, with Rowland and Williams at the Fashion Rocks concert in New York City on Sept. 8). "We're a family," says Rowland.