Mathew Knowles Reveals How He Saved Destiny’s Child From R. Kelly

Published: Wednesday 9th Jan 2019 by David

Should one search for an image of the R&B group Destiny’s Child & R. Kelly they’d find that there are few…if any at all.

Why, you ask? Beyonce‘s parents, and the steps they took to shield the band from the alleged paedophile after learning of his ties to the late singer Aaliyah.

A stunning revelation from Mathew Knowles below…

In an interview with ‘The Metro’, Knowles – who managed the group- revealed that he and his then-wife Tina Knowles made the decision to prohibit the girls from working with him even in the face of pressure from their record label to make it happen.

He says it all started when the group was asked to record one of his songs.

I was there, and my former wife Tina was there. The thing with R Kelly was, he liked to record late at night, around midnight. And what was different with his studio was that one room had a recording suite, and next door was a club, with 40 or 50 people dancing. R Kelly was managed by Sony, by someone I won’t name, and at that time, they would almost force you to record with [their] artists. And R Kelly wasn’t cheap – it was $75,000, plus travel costs, so we’re talking $100,000 for a song. ‘I personally rejected the song, because I didn’t think it was a good song. Not just because of [his] reputation – this was around 1998, we had just begun to hear some of those things.’

One of these things was his illegal relationship with Aaliyah and predatory behaviour towards school girls. Mathew says this prompted Tina to create barriers around the group to shield them from the abuse a number of their peers were subjected to as teens because of a lack of parental supervision.

The girls were 15, 16. When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes.

A source close to the ladies added…

Record labels would ask R Kelly to write songs for emerging artists as a way to help them break into the industry and he made several requests for Destiny’s Child. Mathew and Tina rejected all of them because they didn’t want him anywhere near the band which is why they are one of the few acts to debut in the 90s without an R Kelly song in its official discography.

As for 1999’s ‘Stimulate Me‘?

The singer, real name Robert S Kelly, did write one song in Destiny’s Child’s back catalogue – Stimulate Me, which was on the soundtrack for the 1999 Eddie Murphy film Life. However, a source informed us that Kelly was not in the studio when Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson were recording with producer Jermaine Dupri, adding: ‘Mathew didn’t want it on any official Destiny’s Child’s albums so it didn’t appear.’

The publication also revealed that Beyonce blocked the ‘Age Ain’t Nothin’ but a Number’ writer from working on her own material and, in an act of solidarity with his victims, successfully blocked his efforts to generate income when he remixed her songs.

Back in 2008 he released a remix of her single ‘If I Were a Boy’. The plan was to have it become an official remix as they are both signed to the label but Beyonce didn’t give it the all clear so it never happened.


In 2001 the group addressed the topic of sexual abuse on their ‘Survivor’ set by way of ‘The Story of Beauty’...penned by Beyonce and Ken Fambro.

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  1. SMH January 9, 2019

    STOP. LYING. MATTHEW. You’re just jumping on the bandwagon & making your daughter out to be this powerful entity in the industry when we know she’s NOT. And save that bs about Tina being with them every second, Diane Haughton said the same exact thing word for word. How did these girls end up getting involved with Marques Houston & Immature if you were with them every second?

    Sit down.

    • Jasmine January 9, 2019

      DC is the best selling female group of all time. More parents should be like Tina. Matthew has his flaws and drug addictions but when it came to being a parent he did that. You do NOT take your child to work with any man who has a history of allegations. Period.

      • Hearts January 9, 2019

        Hello Jasmine. I have to say that it’s been admirable watching your growth. I know you were an R Kelly fan so it’s inspiring to see you be open enough to be critical of him now you know more.

      • Caleb January 9, 2019

        TLC sold more though.

      • Jasmine January 9, 2019

        Thanks Heart. I was definitely convinced by Lisa”s story most of all. She has no monetary motivation to bad mouth Kelly and I learned she testified against him in his trial. I’m still a fan but my heart goes out to any underage girl that is harmed. I believe Lisa when she says the girl Kelly introduced her to was 14 and he tricked her into having sexx with a 14 year old. That is not something anyone would lie about! I think the documentary should have focused more on Lisa”s story and less on the women with monetary motives. I don’t think the documentary even brought up the fact Lisa testified against him in court.

        Now do I believe Kelly can or could have changed his ways? Yes and no. I think he has gotten slightly smarter and goes after women that are 17 yo and older but that is only because technically that is considered legal. Women like Joycelyn are technically in their 20s but they have the mind of a child. I guess what he is doing is legal but as a Christian I find it very very immoral. He is not the kind of man you date and definitely not the kind of man I would ever let meet my kid. He needs to repent and get back on track with God.

    • Myria January 9, 2019

      Beyonce is not a powerful entity in the industry? ok girl… lol

      • Haterz Gon‘ Hate January 10, 2019

        ^^^^ Right!! Because self titled release strategy, the fact she’s not got the last albums on Spotify and the fact she doesn’t do traditional press and PR (no Interviews rare TV spots) is the mark of someone who has no sway in the industry, riiight….. ? Anybody who knows DC will know that It was reported years ago – before this biopic that Tina never let the girls out of her sight. This is not new news.

  2. gina January 9, 2019

    not buying his story. aaliyah’s mother said the same things & everybody called her a liar.

    • Hearts January 9, 2019

      Diane is a liar because she said R Kelly didn’t abuse Aaliyah when we all know he did because of eye witnesses. Oh, and the fact that the guy who forged the marriage certificate admitted to doing it on camera.

      • gina January 9, 2019

        riiiight, her mother is a liar but the so called eyewitnesses are telling the 100% complete truth. um, no. And if Diane is a liar then so is Matthew cause we all know what went down with beyonce & immature.

    • Jasmine January 9, 2019

      She is NOT a liar. She only said 2 things:

      1. Jovante is a liar (which we see is true because she has NO receipts in the documentary. Not one photo of her and Aaliyah or R. Kelly).

      2. Aaliyah and Kelly were never alone on a tour bus.

      We all know Kelly and Aaliyah dated. Diana NEVER refuted that so don’t call her a liar!

      • Bey Bey Slay January 9, 2019

        Dated? No boo. He groomed her for s** and molested her. There’s even an interview where she calls it a dark time when she’s asked about it. Diane is a liar because she wants people to think Jovante invented an entire story like at 14 years old. She is a liar because she says she was always with Aaliyah but didn’t know she was forced to get married in a hotel room while all her friends were at home doing their homework. Poor thing had no one to protect her.

      • Caleb January 9, 2019

        “Dating”? They were married and he started grooming her at age 12.

      • Jasmine January 9, 2019

        I think it is degrading to not accept they were dating. They were definitely in a relationship. Inappropriate? Yes. Absolutely. However, Aaliyah was no sexx buddy. She was wifey material so yes they dated and they were in love. There is a video of them interviewing on BET and you can see their body language was that of two people in love. Kelly is wrong because he should have waited till she was at least 17.

  3. Really Doe?! January 9, 2019

    And yet somehow he ended doing the If I Were A Boy (Official Remix) for Beyonce’s in 2007 and Kelly recorded a record with him on his Black Panties album in 2013. Miss me with the fish.

    • Hearts January 9, 2019

      You clearly didn’t read the article.

      • Hearts January 9, 2019

        Did you go to school? I’d like to know before we continue this conversation . Did you finish formal education?

    • ??? January 9, 2019

      lmaooo yup, and roach doesnt write her own songs so why would she be the one to give clearance, youssa lie matty lmfaooooo

    • xedos January 9, 2019

      you don’t read the article i see

    • Caleb January 9, 2019

      Was it an official remix? I always thought it was more like a mixtape sort of thing.

  4. Carlos Santana January 9, 2019

    I can believe this because one thing about Matthew is he didn’t play about beyonce and still dont. Also remember destiny child was cheap 100000 for a song wasn’t cutting back then it was to high. Then, come on yall the benefit was aaliyah was around so he was occupied.
    Now yall they still worked with r Kelly, yes when they were grown woman and can consent to adult things, not were as they were kids and couldn’t consent.
    Wait. I know Matthew didn’t play bcuz I believe nick cannon on vlad said Matthew didn’t play about those girls go look it up.

    • ??? January 9, 2019

      lmaoooo yeah ok, so how did roach end up banging marques houston & batman from immature if matty ‘dont play’? nice try lmfaoooooo

      • Spectrum January 9, 2019


        Truth ass those ladies from Destiny’s Child was having s** while they were in their teenage years.

        No surprise and common sense.

        Even Letoya was with one of the guys from Jagged Edge and same with Latavia Roberston.

        And if this is true Letoya was with T.I.

        And was Beyonce was with Gineuwine and Sisqo Debarge and the guy from Immatire once?

        Yet they proclaimed to be “Christian” smh

      • Carlos Santana January 9, 2019

        Bcuz they were their age. Rielly is old

    • DanYiel Iman January 9, 2019

      I believe this message as well!! Sadly a lot of BLACK ARTISTS were used to fuel R.Pedophilia and his abuse towards women who aren’t caucasian if they were he’d be IN JAIL!!???

  5. pat January 9, 2019

    shouldnt the pic be of dc4

  6. DanYiel Iman January 9, 2019

    Sadly I believe this foolishness, R.Pedophila is apart of the down fall of a lot of the younger Pop/R&B acts! He’s been known to be all over them and the world ? overlooked it due to his musical career!!??‍♂️

  7. Bey Bey Slay January 9, 2019

    Some parents managed their kids to protect them. Others only do it for that 20% management fee. Sorry to say, but we now know that part of the reason Bey stayed sane is because her parents looked out for her. Aaliyah, Bow Wow, Brandy and Ashanti weren’t as lucky and I feel bad for them.

    • Bri January 9, 2019

      I’m not too sure about the other two, but Brandy had her mom. And we all know that MAMA Norwood did not and still do not play when it comes to her kids.

      • Chaka Can’t January 9, 2019

        That’s what you think. Brandy was exposed to some bull crap on that set. Wanya etc.

    • 4U2SEE January 10, 2019

      Yeah, so Brandy’s mom made sure she broke up with him. Good for her, that’s why Brandy was sad and they made that collabro, Brokenhearted.

  8. Chaka Can’t January 9, 2019

    Pleasure P must be sweating wondering when everyone is going to remember what he did to his little cousins.

  9. Roni January 9, 2019

    He was watching Kells but not that’s funny!

  10. SByndom January 9, 2019

    I am glad the Knowles were on the line watching and setting boundaries.

  11. Mark111 January 9, 2019

    Don’t see why people are trying to blame Aaliyah’s parents. Kelly didn’t have the rep that he has now or after the fact. Y’all trying to blame everyone but the monster himself. Sure Matthew didn’t allow the girls near him, but Aaliyah’s parents trusting their daughter with Kelly is no different than Kelly and the other girls parents trusted Matthew. The point is Matthew could have just as easily been a RKelly. Some artist are/were lucky to have parents as their managers.

    • Paulo January 9, 2019

      You do have a point. Of course Matthew wanted to keep R Kelly away cause how would he discreetly steal money from the DC brand and especially LeToya and LaTavia with a scandal to their name

  12. The Empress January 9, 2019

    Chile please. Matt is a man-w****, and his son-in-law Jay-Z collaborated with the Pied Piper several times since Aaliyah and the s** tape.

  13. Girl no January 9, 2019

    But they let an old Jay Z date their 17 daughter? Allegedly…

    That timeline never set well with me

    • Spectrum January 9, 2019

      Yep. Nobody talks about that.

      My last reply.

      Just like no one talks about when Letoya Luckett and Latavia Roberston was with two of the guys from Jagged Edge who were a few years older

    • Caleb January 10, 2019

      I thought Jay and Bey didn’t even really meet until the year 2000? This seems like a reach.

      • Spectrum January 10, 2019

        Beyonce and Jayz actually known each other in the late 1990s as friends but close friends

  14. Spectrum January 10, 2019

    My last reply

    Matthew Knowles shut up!

    You’re just doing this s*** for attention!

    With all due respect to all members of Destiny’s Child:

    What you fail to know is that Beyonce was already having s** with guys older than her and in general including the guy from Immature, Chico Debarge, JayZ , Gineuwine , and a few other guys I can’t remember.

    Same goes for Letoya Luckett who was with the guy from Jagged age WHO WAS A FEW YEARS OLDER THAN HER!

    and rumor has it she dated T.I. All that before she got with Slim Thug and and is now on her 3rd marriage believe it or not !

    Also same with Latavia Roberston who was with on of the guys,twins , from Jagged Edge WHO WAS ALSO A FEW YEARS OLDER THAN HER.

    In fact, Letoya and Latavia with the guys from Jagged Edge is the reason why you, Matthew Knowles, had thrown the Jagged Edge group off the bus!

    Common Sense, all the members from Destiny’s Child had s** at own point or a few in their teenage years secretly.

  15. Johnd September 8, 2019

    DC has always been the best selling artist of all time

  16. Aka songs March 27, 2020

    Right!! Because self titled release strategy, the fact she’s not got the last albums on Spotify and the fact she doesn’t do traditional press and PR (no Interviews rare TV spots) is the mark of someone who has no sway in the industry, riiight….. ?

  17. Aka songs March 27, 2020

    Right!! Because self titled release strategy, the fact she’s not got the last albums on Spotify and the fact she doesn’t do traditional press and PR (no Interviews rare TV spots) is the mark of someone who has no sway in the industry, riiight….. ?

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