The singer announced in a joint statement Wednesday (Jan. 28) with Mathew Knowles that the two are severing their working relationship. Knowles is Beyoncé’s father and manages her, in addition to her sister Solange, and Destiny’s Child. He also oversaw Rowland’s career since she released her first solo LP, 2002’s Simply Deep.
“Mathew Knowles has been a positive influence in my career,” Rowland said in the statement. “I have had great success under his guidance — both as a member of Destiny’s Child and with my solo projects. Although we have decided to part ways professionally, the Knowles family and the entire Music World Entertainment team will always be my family.”
The move comes more than a year after Rowland’s last album, 2007’s “Ms.Kelly”. The album was delayed a number of times, but upon its release, the project was received well by critics. The album, featuring the single “Like This” with Eve, however, failed to live up to the commercial success of her debut, which sold over 500,000 copies and was certified gold.
Rowland was practically raised by the Knowles family, making the split that much more surprising. The singer moved into the Knowles’ Texas home during the formation of Destiny’s Child and often refers to Beyoncé as her sister. Mathew Knowles acknowledged their ties, saying Rowland will always continue to be a part of the Knowles clan.
He also stressed that no animosity was involved in this business separation.
“After a very positive meeting between Kelly Rowland and myself, we have amicably agreed to end our professional relationship,” he said in the statement. “My company, Music World, will continue to manage Destiny’s Child as a group. As an artist Kelly has incredible talent and I only wish her the best. We will always be family first and foremost, and as a dad I only have love for Kelly.”