As the years progress, the members of hit girl group Destiny’s Child have matured, evolved and progressed into lives that, for some, look nothing like their earlier years with the group. For some of the ex-members of the group, life continued even if it did without the perks of being in a chart-topping Grammy award winning act. They’ve all spoken up in their own ways about their time, with Farrah Franklin and her departure still stinging some years later.
After leaving Destiny’s Child due to their perceived lack of fair treatment from management at the time aka Beyonce’s father, former members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson received settlements after they filed a lawsuit against Mathew Knowles. After receiving their payouts, Luckett went on to a fairly successful solo career in the music industry.
After her first album went platinum, Luckett’s perceived star continued to rise. Her first single “Torn” went on to hit #2 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and her album debuted at #1. Luckett and Beyoncé Knowles are the only members of Destiny’s Child to have an album debut at number one on the Billboard 200 and achieve platinum status in the U.S.
The unceremonious departure from Destiny’s Child took a toll on her — and her finances. “During my journey I was staying at people’s house, I never told these stories before … I slept in a car in LA while I was making my first album. Not a lot of nights, but you know what I’m saying? I was drinking a gallon of water and buying the microwavable oodles of noodles [starts to weep] … I can’t believe I’m crying,” Luckett said.
Luckett’s not the only member of Destiny’s Child that has shared their former financial struggles, despite coming from such a prestigious, renowned group like DC3. Kelly Rowland recently shared with Pastor Erwin McManus recently in an interview about how she “almost lost everything” trying to keep up with the lavish lifestyle that everyone around her had.
“Even going through my own time where there was a lot of–no one will believe this and it’ll actually be the first time I talk about it–where I almost lost everything because I was so busy trying to keep up,” Kelly shared with the Pastor from her home. “Whether it was the look, whether it was the wardrobe, whether it was the car, whether it was the place, whether it was the–you know what I mean? All that silliness.”
Ex-member Farrah Franklin was in the group for only a few months before she was famously kicked out or left, depending on the story that you adhere to.
In 1999, she was hired – as an extra – for the “Bills, Bills, Bills” music video. Then, Mathew Knowles invited her and Michelle Williams to join the group, until 6 months later when Farrah was no longer a part of it. At the time, Beyoncé blamed Farrah and said the decision was the group’s because Franklin didn’t show up for three promotional tour events – which she denied.
She claimed she was already out of the group by the time the promo tours were alleged to have been happening – which contradicted precisely what Beyoncé said in an interview with MTV at the time about her departure.
Franklin said that she left because of management issues with Mathew Knowles, that she had the flu and they were treating her unfairly about it and also that the group had image issues and wanted to use her as cannon fodder for having a revolving door of members.
Fast forward to 2015, and Franklin reappeared on DJ Vlad’s show and spilled more tea about her ordeal with the group, Beyoncé, and the lies that were told by everyone about her departure.
After being sick, she said she reconnected with the group in order to get back to work, despite her illness and her doctor’s orders – and that no one cared but Michelle Williams. She felt like the group was “ganging up” on her and didn’t have the energy since she was already sick and dehydrated – so she left.
“I’m like, ‘okay, I’m not coming back to do this.’ And so, I walked out of the room. I’m like, ‘I’m not about to let all you guys just jump on me and gang up on me.'”
After that, Franklin claims she never heard from anyone else but Michelle, who later called her to ask if she was coming to join the group on a trip to Australia, which of course Franklin wasn’t. While she’s since gone on to release solo music, Franklin has seemed to put the past with the group in the rear view mirror, though she’ll always be the person that Beyoncé told a lie about.