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Rowland: 'Management split from Knowles was as sad as a funeral'
R&B star Kelly Rowland was filled with
sadness when she fired Mathew Knowles as her manager, insisting it
was "like a funeral" when she decided to cut ties with Beyonce's
The former Destiny's Child singer ended her
professional relationship with Knowles in early 2009 after more
than a decade with the music mogul and she admits she felt a little
lost immediately after the business split, despite feeling the need
to "start fresh".
She tells Vibe magazine, "I felt like, 'Oh my
God, what have I done?' I stayed in the house for two days. I was
sad. It was like a funeral. I had to deaden that situation in order
to start fresh. That's a very long time to have the same manager
and the same label (Columbia Records)."
She insists the parting of ways was an
amicable one, although she is coy when asked if she still speaks to
Dodging the question, she tells the
publication, "Mathew sent me flowers for my birthday...! I respect
him above anything.
"This man made me a millionaire at the age of
18. Taught us how to make money in the industry. I can never, ever
Rowland was the first Destiny's Child member
to quit Knowles' Music World Entertainment management - Michelle
Williams followed in 2010 and Beyonce took charge of her own career
earlier this year (11).