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Kelly Rowland Parts Ways With Her Manager
|January 29, 2009 Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Simon Fuller, Beyonce|
Kelly Rowland has parted ways with her manager, Beyonce Knowles' father. The former Destiny's Child singer and Mathew Knowles - who has managed Kelly since she was in the successful girl group and also looks after his daughters Beyonce and Solange - agreed to separate earlier this week, with both parties insisting the split is "amicable."
Kelly's statement said: "Mathew Knowles has been a positive influence in my career. 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."
Mathew said in a statement: "After a very positive meeting between Kelly Rowland and myself, we have amicably agreed to end our professional relationship."
"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 can only have love for Kelly."
Mathew hinted at a Destiny's Child reunion, adding: "My company, Music World, will continue to manage Destiny's Child as a group."
It has been reported Kelly - who was seen meeting with the Spice Girl's former manager Simon Fuller late last year - decided to call time on their professional relationship following a huge argument with the 58-year-old manager.
It has also been claimed Kelly was becoming increasingly frustrated at her stalling career as Beyonce's solo work has soared.
A source explained: "We were told Kelly was really upset that she's not better represented in the United States. She's a big hit in Europe, but not in America."
Kelly's last album Ms. Kelly - which was released in the U.S. in 2007 after having been pushed back several times to make way for Beyonce's LP B'Day - reached only number six in the U.S. Billboard 200 charts, while B'Day went straight to number one.
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