A birthday lunch with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Solange Knowles probably sounds like a great day out to most people. But for Kelly Rowland, it ended in tears.
Celebrating her 32nd birthday on Monday, February 11 at Gjelina, a small Venice restaurant in Los Angeles, Rowland was seen sobbing on the street outside the restaurant shortly after the lunch.
At one point, Rowland was seen standing on the sidewalk with her eyes shut. In other shots, the former member of Destiny’s Child lifted her sunglasses to wipe her tears away. An unknown friend stayed with the singer during the episode.
Paparazzi pictures of Rowland’s apparent distress went around the world and — according to Yahoo — have now sparked rumors of a feud between her and Beyoncé.
For holes in that theory, one need only look to the black and white photo that Beyoncé posted on Kelly’s birthday. The Instagram shows a bunny ear-wearing Bey playfully sticking two fingers behind Kelly’s head along with a message that simply read:
For context, Rowland was nine when her mother — who, at the time, worked as a live-in nanny and who had left Kelly’s alcoholic father two years previously — asked Beyonce’s mother if Kelly could stay with them for the summer.
That summer turned into a decade, during which Kelly, Beyonce, LaTavia Roberson, and LeToya Luckett trained under Mathew Knowles’ strict tutelage in girl group Girl’s Tyme before going on to become Destiny’s Child.
Despite the fact that Beyonce and Kelly’s friendship is well documented — evidenced by Destiny Child’s reunion during Beyonce’s halftime Super Bowl show — photo assumptions will probably continue to be made because that’s what the Internet does.
Mistaken photo assumptions made about Adele and Chris Brown’s recent Grammy encounter are a clear case in point.
A far more likely scenario is that that Rowland was emotional at her birthday lunch because of some gift given or words said by a group of people she has known since childhood.
In other Rowland news, after joining an elite list of guests at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards who defied CBS’s wardrobe memo, Kelly has been announced as a co-host at BET’s annual fashion show “Rip the Runway” with actor Boris Kodjoe. The show will air on March 20 at 10 pm ET.
The “Commander” singer also recently revealed she has changed the title of her upcoming album from Year of the Woman to Talk A Good Game.
“Funny enough, I’ve listened to the album again as a whole and I’ve decided to change the title,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “Going back into the studio and working with The-Dream and Kevin Cossom and all these incredible writers and putting everything together … I can’t be more thrilled.”
Sounds like Kelly Rowland has a lot to be emotional about.