Kelly has known and grew up with Beyoncé since 1990. She often calls Beyoncé her sister. Aside from being in the Destiny’s Child, Kelly at one point even lived with the Knowles family while they worked to launch the career of Destiny’s Child to superstardom.
Although Kelly has sold over 40 million records as a solo artist, has a successful acting and reality TV career, and is currently The Voice Australia vocal coach since 2017. She relates to The Voice Australia contestant Guy Sebastian who had concerns about being overshadowed by his brother, Australian Idol winner and pop superstar Guy Sebastian.
There was a whole decade, where it was like the elephant in the room. It was the thing that would constantly be on my shoulder.
In the most recent episode of The Voice Australia, Kelly said the comparisons will always be there and this was something that she has struggled with for a decade.
I would just torture myself in my head.
On her “Talk a Good Game” (2013) album, the second single release “Dirty Laundry.” Kelly did allude to being distinct from Beyoncé due to being in a relationship where she suffered domestic abuse. Being pitted against Beyoncé professionally and in her private relationship cause her to second guess her career choices during this time.
I can’t wear this dress because they’re going to say it’s like B.’ Or, ‘I can’t have a song like that because it sounds too much like B.
The “Like This” singer told Sebastian to be himself because “they are going to compare anyway.”