In LIGHT of the recent ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ docu-series, we are getting varying sides and opinions about the TROUBLED star. Some are SICKENED by the alleged actions of Robert Kelly, while some still sing his praises and blame the victims’ PARENTS for lack of supervision. One SUPERSTAR PARENT and manager could never be BLAMED or FAULTED for actions he took with his talent around Kelly.
Mathew Knowles father to Beyonce and former manager of Destiny’s Child recounts working with R. Kelly back in the mid to late 90’s and he recalls having a WATCHFUL EYE of all the girls in the group when it came to working with the singer, songwriter. He remembers watching his girls like a hawk around him…. he and his then wife Tina Knowles.
“I was there, and my former wife Tina was there. The thing with R Kelly was, he liked to record late at night, around midnight. And what was different with his studio was that one room had a recording suite, and next door was a club, with 40 or 50 people dancing,” he tells UK’s Metro.
“R Kelly was managed by Sony, by someone I won’t name, and at that time, they would almost force you to record with [their] artists. “And R Kelly wasn’t cheap – it was $75,000, plus travel costs, so we’re talking $100,000 for a song. I personally rejected the song, because I didn’t think it was a good song. Not just because of [his] reputation – this was around 1998, we had just begun to hear some of those things,” he continued.
Back then the ladies were like 15 to 16 years old. Mathew recalls if the ladies needed to use the restroom, Tina would go with them.
Back in those times Kelly wrote or sang on MOST of the NEW artists that were budding in that time period. Despite working with him, Destiny’s Child was one of the FEW ACTS never to release any of his work.
Matthew told the paper that he rejected several songs on the basis of not liking them, but a source told the publication that he and Tina didn’t want the girls around R. Kelly, period. “Record labels would ask R. Kelly to write songs for emerging artists as a way to help them break into the industry and he made several requests for Destiny’s Child. Mathew and Tina rejected all of them because they didn’t want him anywhere near the band which is why they are one of the few acts to debut in the 90’s without an R. Kelly song in its official discography,” the insider revealed.
THANK GOODNESS they had the intuition to keep their girls SAFE. More parents and managers should have been doing just that. Not that I am blaming the PARENTS, but some RESPONSIBILITY has to be taken for allowing a PREDATOR to get close enough to your child to do thing to them or sway them away from you.