Destiny's Child Say Goodbye
SEALED WITH A KISS
Destiny's Child – (from left) Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams – show some love at June's BET Awards in Hollywood, where they took home the best group award. Earlier that month, Knowles, 24, Rowland, 24, and Williams, 25, shocked fans at a Barcelona concert by announcing that they planned to disband in September.
The trio – who kicked off their Destiny Fulfilled... and Lovin' It tour in April in Japan – share a laugh in Tokyo. After revealing that their Sept. 10 concert in Vancouver would be their last, they said in a statement, "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."
OVER THE HUMP
In May, Williams and Rowland try the local transportation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a stop on their 16-country tour. All three Destiny's Child members say they'll remain close friends: "I don't think all of us have really grasped that it's all about to end," Rowland said in August. "Even as we've started the countdown, it's amazing how there's so much magic between us."
The singers give a lift to 5-year-old Ayuto Yokota at a Ronald McDonald House in Tokyo in April. Destiny's Child are donating some proceeds from their McDonald's-sponsored tour to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which helps seriously ill kids. "We love children," Williams said in August. "We've got nieces and nephews and godchildren that we love. So all of this is natural."
The singers (performing in Oslo in May) recorded their most recent album, Destiny Fulfilled, last year after a three-year hiatus, during which they each released solo CDs and tried their hands at acting. "It's great when you can have that individual success but still love each other enough to come back," Knowles told PEOPLE. Added Rowland, "We're loyal."
Knowles (far right) was just 10 when she started singing with her first group, Girls Tyme, featuring Rowland (top, center). After the girls lost on a 1992 episode of Star Search, Knowles's father, Mathew, dedicated himself to managing the group, renaming it Destiny's Child in the late 1990s. Several lineup changes later, Williams signed on in 2000.
In their early years together, the singers (at a 2000 awards ceremony in Pasadena) often wore matching outfits designed by Knowles's mother, Tina. They later became such style icons that, in August, Mattel launched a set of limited-edition Destiny's Child Barbie dolls, each clad in a reproduction of a dress her real-life counterpart wore in concert.
CRAZY IN LOVE
Besides her girls, Knowles has her boyfriend of about three years, Jay-Z, to lean on. The pair don't discuss their relationship, but they've recorded two duets – she provided guest vocals on the rapper's "'03 Bonnie and Clyde"; he returned the favor on her "Crazy in Love" – and show their affection everywhere from Hollywood (left, at an Oscars party in February) to Portofino (vacationing in Italy in June).
Knowles has made it as a solo artist (her quadruple-platinum Dangerously in Love won five Grammys in 2004) and an actress (in 2002's Austin Powers: Goldmember and 2003's The Fighting Temptations). Her latest gig? Designer. She and mom Tina (at a New York City fashion show in February) unveiled their clothing line, House of Dereon, in Las Vegas last week.
Rowland, too, has proved her solo talents. In 2002, she released Simply Deep, featuring her Grammy-winning hit "Dilemma" – a duet with rapper Nelly (left, with her in St. Louis in July). The single singer also acted in the 2003 horror movie Freddy vs. Jason – and put a chokehold on costar Robert Englund (Freddy) at the film's Los Angeles premiere.
Williams released two gospel-charts-topping albums, 2002's Heart to Yours and 2004's Do You Know. She also replaced Toni Braxton as the lead in Broadway's Aida (right, at her opening-night curtain call in 2003). And this fall, Williams, who is also single, appears in Gap ads (left) singing Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."
Destiny's Child (at Philadelphia's Live 8 in July) won't disappear: A live DVD and a greatest-hits CD are coming up, and all three singers are working on solo albums. In addition, Knowles will star in The Pink Panther and Dreamgirls; Rowland has an indie comedy, The Seat Filler, in the can; and Williams hopes to open a day spa. As Knowles said recently, "We don't like the word 'breakup.' We'd like to say it's the end of a chapter in our lives."