Twitter users praised Kelly Rowland this week after the singer responded to a comparison to best friend Beyoncé as a true legend.
On Wednesday, Rowland joined actor Marsai Martin for an appearance on the Hot 97 radio show ‘Ebro in the Morning’ to discuss their new movie, ‘Fantasy Football.’
On the show, host Peter Rosenberg suggested Rowland played “second to Beyoncé” during their time together in the group Destiny’s Child.
“Everyone who comes into entertainment comes into it to be ‘the man,'” he said. “It takes an ego check. And you happen to find yourself next to the brightest light on planet earth.
He added, “Not only did you not fight it; it seems like you really loved the position you were in and took it seriously.
“Here’s the thing: light attracts light. I’m light,” Rowland replied.
“I am a beautiful bright brown light. So I don’t think anyone’s light dims anyone else’s. I think when other people start comparing you…that’s when you see how weak they are of themselves,” she continued.
“I love Bey. I know she is a light. But I know that I too am a light.
The singer went on to celebrate Beyoncé — whom she considers “a sister” — and all she’s achieved in her career. But Rowland has encouraged people not to focus on confronting women in the entertainment industry.
“We both shine together,” she said of her fellow singer.
Rosenberg brought up the topic by referencing an interview Rowland did on the “IRL” podcast last month. Host Angie Martinez also invoked Beyoncé in that conversation, but she praised Rowland for being “comfortable and confident” and for having “the light” of her within Destiny’s Child.
Beyoncé and Rowland grew up together in Houston, where they competed in song and dance competitions as children. The two were key members of the group that would eventually be known as Destiny’s Child, which released its debut single, “No, No, No,” in 1997.
Following Rowland’s Hot 97 interview, fans took to Twitter to praise the Grammy winner for her impact on the entertainment industry, including her work as a solo artist and actor.
Sheryl Lee Ralph, who won an Emmy in September for her role on the ABC series “Abbott Elementary,” also thanked the singer.
“And THIS is why I love Kelly Rowland!!!!” Ralph tweeted. “You better SHINE!!!!!”
Rowland appeared to respond to her fans in a post on Thursday.
“Thank you all for your love and support!” he tweeted. “I know you’ll have my back!”
“Fantasy Football,” which sees Rowland and Martin star alongside Omari Hardwick and others, premieres Nov. 25.