Kelly Rowland was 10 years old when she formed Destiny's Child with her friend, Beyonce Knowles. With third member Michelle Williams later joining, it would become one of the best-selling girl groups the world has seen.
Ostensibly, Rowland was living a life of extreme wealth as the group sky-rocketed to fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s, selling out stadiums across seas.
But according to the now 39-year-old, the lifestyle her career afforded her was as lucrative as it was expensive and unsustainable. And because of her desire to "keep up", she almost lost it all.
“No-one would believe this, and this’ll actually be the first time I'm gonna talk about it. I almost lost everything, because I was so busy trying to keep up,” Rowland shared.
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"Whether it was the look, the car, the wardrobe, the place, you know what I mean? All that silliness.
"I was ‘rich broke’, and I will never forget having this moment... I called my best friend and I said, 'I just don't know what to do'."
She recalls her friend urging her to donate part of her income to charity.
“I said, ‘I don’t know, but I can’t afford to give right now.’ She said ‘You have to. The very next cheque that you get, I need you to give.’"
Rowland remembers calling her manager to tell him her plan to donate, to which he responded: "Are you kidding me? Have you lost your mind?"
Nevertheless, she decided to give 20 per cent of her pay cheque one month, and she says it filled her with happiness.