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Beyonce's Dad Destiny's Child Musical Coming Soon!!!

4/23/2019 11:07 AM PDT

Beyonce's dad is bringing his daughter's story to the stage ... because he's creating a musical based on Destiny's Child and you already know it's gonna be bootylicious! 

Mathew Knowles is producing the show, "Survivor: The Destiny's Child Musical," and he says it's premiering in Houston next year, with additional plans for Broadway, London's West End and even a world tour!

The musical is told from Mathew's perspective, and Beyonce's dad says he wants to pull back the curtain and treat audiences to an honest, behind-the-scenes look at how one of the greatest female music groups of all-time got its start. 

Mathew says the tale will start from the group's humble beginnings, chronicling its rise to superstardom, plus his own pioneering climb into the music industry. Ultimately, Mathew says the show's message is that building a dream takes sacrifice ... even at the cost of everything and everyone you love.  

You know it's gonna be a rockin' production ... and Mathew says the musical's gonna feature a masterful mix of music, dance and beautiful imagery. He's collaborating with Je'Caryous Johnson to bring his story to life. 

No word on who has the inside track on playing Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson

Yes. We are ready for this jelly.

Mathew Knowles To Kobe Bryant ... I'll 'Kick Your Ass' Again!!!

4/12/2019 11:33 AM PDT
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Mathew Knowles says he BALLED UP Kobe Bryant when they faced off in some 1-on-1 twenty years ago ... and he'll gladly kick Kobe's ass again if Mamba wants to run it back!!!

We spoke with Beyonce's dad after he unearthed video from the set of the Destiny's Child "Bug A Boo" video -- where he took on Kobe while wearing dress pants, dress shoes and a Polo shirt. 

Mathew actually got a bucket on Kobe -- and Knowles says it was ALL SKILL, BABY!!!

"He was talking a lot of trash," Mathew says ... joking that Kobe was trying to show out to impress all of the beautiful women on the set that day. 

But, Knowles says he's a former basketball player himself -- played at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga -- and shocked Kobe with his hoop skills. 

The best part ... Mathew says he's still in shape, still got skills and would WRECK Kobe if Mamba wanted a rematch. 

"I told you I can play some ball! 20 years later, I could still take Kobe to the hoop!"

"Kobe, I just want to let you know bruh, I think you are one of the greatest -- if not the greatest basketball player ever."

"It was a privilege to kick your ass and I'll do it again."

Beyonce's Dad Destiny's Child & R. Kelly Collab ... Just About Business

1/11/2019 12:50 AM PST
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R. Kelly might have been creepy when Destiny's Child recorded with him in 1998, but Beyonce's dad says no one in the music biz cared about his personal life, because he was killing it professionally.

Mathew Knowles tells TMZ ... every artist back then was judged by their talent and NOT their personal misdeeds. In Kelly's case, that meant giving him a pass for reportedly marrying 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994 ... and settling a lawsuit with a woman claiming he had underage sex with her. 

Mathew says creative genius trumped all back then.

If you didn't know ... Destiny's Child -- Bey, Kelly RowlandLeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson at the time -- recorded a song with Kelly, but it never made the final cut for a DC album. Bey was 17 at the time, and Mathew makes it clear ... he and Tina Knowles never lost sight of the girls during the session.

Despite the #MeToo era, Mathew thinks the music industry hasn't made much progress when it comes to artists working with dubious characters -- because, for many, it's still just business. 

Case in point, Lady Gaga recorded with Kelly in 2013 ... something for which she's now apologizing. She also said she's pulling their duet from streaming services.

Beyonce & Kelly Rowland Reach Out to Michelle ... We Have Your Back!!

7/28/2018 12:50 AM PDT
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12:00 PM PT -- Michelle just shared a message of gratitude for all the love and support she's received the past 2 weeks. She included words of encouragement for those battling with depression like herself ... and even tossed in a joke and a brag about Beyonce's mom cooking her a huge meal.

Thank you ALL sooooooooooooooo much for every message of love and support sent! My family, friends and fiancé have been AWESOME! Sitting here reflecting on the past two weeks. I had no plans of what I was going through being public BUT now that it is I have a made an even BIGGER commitment to the mental health awareness area. So many people are suffering, hurting, hopeless, lost and don’t see a way out but there is. Depression sucks, but my faith in God and my commitment to doing the work to stay well is my way out! You have to do the work even when you’re tired and feel the heaviness. Take one step at a time! Don’t overwhelm yourself. If you can just get up out the bed and brush your teeth and shower.....DO IT. For people dealing with depression , that is a HUGE step! Now don’t be depressed AND stinky.....pick a struggle! 🤣 (y’all know I had to add some humor) Anyhoo.....I love you all very much! Talk soon! ❤️ (yes I need a fill and my roots need to be flat ironed....bye.....I haven’t lost my humor) ❤️ Oh......Miss Tina cooked a HUGE meal for me the other night too, I just wanted to make y’all jealous! 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Beyonce and Kelly Rowland immediately dropped what they were doing when they heard Michelle Williams checked into a mental health facility to treat her depression ... and, like good, longtime friends, they reached out to offer their support.

Sources close to Destiny's Child tell TMZ ... Bey and Kelly were incredibly sad after learning Michelle had been struggling with depression and was having such a hard time dealing with it she sought professional help.

We're told both Beyonce and Kelly offered many words of encouragement, expressing their love for her and letting her know -- if Michelle needed anything, they were there to help. 

As we reported ... Michelle checked into a mental health facility in L.A. for several days. Michelle emerged days later alongside her fiance ... with a huge smile.

Destiny's Child Michelle Williams Checks into Mental Health Facility

7/17/2018 3:00 PM PDT
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Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child has checked herself into a mental health facility to seek help for her struggle with depression ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us Williams is getting treated in a facility just outside of Los Angeles and has been there for the past several days. Michelle has been open with her struggles in the past ... revealing her battle with depression in an interview last year.

In a statement Tuesday, Michelle says, "For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it's time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing."

She continues, "Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need."

Williams famously reunited with Beyonce and Kelly Rowland at Coachella in April ... the first time the group had performed together in several years. 

Destiny's Child's LeToya Luckett Pregnant with Her First Child ... Big Gender Reveal in Works

6/27/2018 7:56 AM PDT
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LeToya Luckett -- one of the original members of Destiny's Child -- is having her first child and she's gonna reveal the gender in an explosive fashion ... TMZ has learned.

LeToya posted an IG video Wednesday that she was pregnant by having her stepdaughter, Madison, declare the big news. LeToya has been married to entrepreneur Tommicus Walker since 2017 -- Madison is his kid from a previous relationship. 

BIG NEWS from MADISON ❤️

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Sources close to the couple tell us LeToya plans to announce if she's having a boy or a girl on the 4th of July with a fireworks show. She's keeping the due date under wraps for now.

Kelly Rowland Michelle Obama's Got Enough Groove ... For Destiny's Child

5/7/2018 12:50 AM PDT
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If Destiny's Child is ever in the market for a fourth member, they don't have to look further than Michelle Obama, according to Kelly Rowland.

We got Kelly at LAX Friday where she told us Michelle can bust a move like no other. She saw firsthand this week at College Signing Day, a Philly event celebrating high school seniors pursuing higher education.

The former First Lady hosted and busted out some choreography with "Empire" star Jussie Smollett

So, we asked Kelly if Michelle got the same intense training DC did leading up to Coachella -- could she hold her own. Kelly hesitated at first, but it does look like Michelle could be a good backup plan if the trio hits the road again.

Beyonce Destiny's Child Reunion Not Over Still Hangin' With Kelly & Michelle

4/25/2018 6:52 AM PDT

The Destiny's Child reunion is still going strong post-Coachella because all three ladies stepped out together Tuesday night in L.A. for a fashion event.

Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams attended the Dundas traveling pop-up store opening in West Hollywood. Beyonce wore the designer threads for her 2017 Grammy performance.

It's not unusual for Kelly and Beyonce to hang together offstage, but Michelle rarely tags along. She's there, but hard to spot ... in the back.

The trio are fresh off a highly successful Coachella reunion, but certainly looks like the show's not over yet.

Ex-Destiny's Child Singer Bey, I'm Down for a Reunion, Too ... Call Me?

4/21/2018 12:50 AM PDT
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Former Destiny's Child singer Farrah Franklin didn't join Beyonce on stage at Coachella, but she's making it clear -- she's fully on board for the next reunion ... if the queen will have her.

Farrah was a member of DC for about 6 months in 2000 -- she was on the "Say My Name" remix -- and she watched Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams onstage last weekend. Zero bitterness, though ... she says she was thrilled like everyone else.

She says she wasn't invited to be part of the Coachella gig -- and didn't really expect to be -- but she sounds keen on Bey organizing a more complete reunion in the future.

For now, Farrah's happy doing modeling, acting and her own music ... which includes a trap collab with Maino. All that being said, she'd squeeze in some time for her ex-group mates if the phone rings.

Beyonce Reunites with Destiny's Child ... For Coachella Day 2

4/15/2018 6:28 AM PDT

Beyonce pulled a fast one at Coachella, fooling even us ... 'cause she reunited with her old Destiny's Child crew for one HELLUVA  performance this weekend. 

Bey took the stage late Saturday night as the Day 2 headliner, and after an already kick-ass performance ... she eventually brought out Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for a long overdue Destiny's Child reunion, contrary to what we'd been told in December.

Bey and co. started out with a few DC classics ... going from "Lose My Breath" to "Say My Name" and even belting out "Soldier" too. That wasn't the end of the cameos, though. Beyonce also brought out her hubby, Jay-Z, to cover their hit 2012 song "Deja Vu."

Her sister, Solange, also joined her on stage at one point to dance. Speaking of dancers, Beyonce's stage was flooded with them ... as we first told you, upwards of 100 or so. As if that wasn't historic enough, she also touched a milestone as the first black woman to headline the festival.

Needless to say, Beyonce certainly made up for lost time after missing Coachella last year. She even addressed her absence, saying ... "I had time to dream with two beautiful souls in my belly and this is everything and more I had in my dream, so thank you for sharing this with me."

Eminem's got some big shoes to fill tonight. 

Kelly Rowland Fur Protesters Crash Book Signing 'She's Got Blood On Her Hands!'

4/13/2017 9:44 AM PDT
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Fur protesters snuck up on Kelly Rowland at her book signing by pretending to be fans, then did a 180 and chanted she has blood on her hands.

Kelly was putting her Jane Hancock on copies of her new mom guide, 'Whoa, Baby,' Wednesday night at a bookstore in Ridgewood, NJ when all hell broke loose.

We're told protesters played it cool, asking for a photo with the Destiny's Child singer -- and that's when they unraveled their anti-fur posters, some of which were personalized for Kelly.

She played it cool ... standing off to the side as the protesters did their thing, and never engaged them in debate. Cops were not called, and they eventually were ushered out.

Kelly Rowland Gaga's Super Bowl Won't Be as Good as Ours!!!

1/22/2017 8:15 AM PST
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Kelly Rowland is nothing but excited for Lady Gaga's upcoming Super Bowl halftime show ... but knows it will be the runner-up compared to the Destiny's Child show.

We got Kelly leaving Serafina in L.A. Saturday night, and we ask her if she's stoked about Lady Gaga doing the Pepsi halftime show at Super Bowl LI.

She definitely is ... but the DC alum clearly thinks Gaga's won't touch the one she did with Beyoncé. A wink and smile says a lot here. 

Beyonce Holiday Party Performing Live Makes Old Lemonade Sweeter

12/16/2016 9:56 AM PST
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Beyoncé threw her management company's holiday party, and it looks like staffers got a fresh batch of lemonade while watching their boss do her thing ... live.

Beyonce's Parkwood Entertainment hosted the bash Thursday night at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in L.A. -- and the Queen herself performed after a screening of "Lemonade" ... which we're sure everyone there has seen A LOT by now.

Besides bearing witness to Bey live, guests also went home with Formation-themed goody bags full of popcorn and Lemonheads. Plus, they got a glimpse of Destiny's Child ... who reunited OFF stage for the event.

"Lemonade" might be played out among Parkwood employees, but getting to see Bey sing live can't get old, right?

Real love #Beyoncé #parkwood #lemonadescreening #la

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