Happy Birthday, Michelle Williams!
As she brilliantly showed in her response to the #PoorMichelle trending topic last year ("#PoorMichelle that’s not what my accountant said!”), Michelle Williams has been doing just fine in her post-Destiny's Child life. The singer turns 35 years old today (July 23).
Like her former groupmates, Williams has basically been performing her whole life. She showcased her talent singing hymns at her church and gospel groups as a kid. However, Williams briefly decided to pursue a career in criminal justice before dedicating herself full-time to singing.
The singer joined Destiny's Child as a replacement member in 2000. LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson split after money-related turmoil. Williams and Farrah Franklin made their announcement as official Destiny's Child members with their appearance in the "Say My Name" video. Franklin was dropped after five months of being absent, so Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyonce became the final trio and most famous lineup. They went on to release the quadruple platinum-selling LP Survivor, a gold-selling Christmas album and the triple platinum release Destiny:Fulfilled, their final project.
Beyonce would become the Beyonce we all worship with 2003's "Crazy in Love." Kelly Rowland found her success, too, with singles like the Nelly collaboration "Dilemma" and "Motivation." Williams went the less secular route; Heart of Love, her first solo album, was a contemporary gospel album. The debut and her following four albums failed to go gold. It was struggles like that and supposedly getting shaded in multiple Destiny's Child pictures that led to the #PoorMichelle trending topic.
Williams has actually been doing well, though. She starred in the Tony-nominated musical Fela! and recently performed for the First Family at the White House.
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