Two former members of Destiny’s Child have settled all of their lawsuits against group members Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and T. Michelle Williams, and their manager, Mathew Knowles, Billboard Bulletin reports. Terms of the out-of-court settlements — reached on the eve of trial proceedings that were set to begin July 15 — were not disclosed.
LeToya Luckett and Latavia Roberson — who early last year settled a wrongful termination suit they brought against Beyonce Knowles and Rowland — filed a federal suit earlier this year in U.S. District Court in Houston, alleging breach of that settlement. The two had also filed a separate breach-of-fiduciary duty suit against Mathew Knowles and a federal suit against band members and Sony Music over alleged disparaging comments in the song “Survivor.”
Beyonce Knowles, Rowland, and Williams are all currently pursuing separate projects outside of their group ambitions. Knowles will be seen as Foxxy Cleopatra in “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” opening tomorrow (July 26) in U.S. theaters, and will soon begin work on another film. She is also featured on Maverick’s “Goldmember” soundtrack, performing the single “Work It Out,” as well as “Hey Goldmember,” which she sings in character with help from Solange, her younger sister, and Devin..
Rowland, meanwhile, is featured on the latest Nelly single, “Dilemma” — currently No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 — and is preparing to release her debut solo album in the coming months. Williams is riding the success of her solo debut, the Music World/Columbia inspirational album “Heart to Yours.” That set slips this week to No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart after spending a week at No. 1.
Even with all of the individual pursuits, fans should not think that the activity spells the end of Destiny’s Child. During an interview this morning (July 25) on NBC’s “Today” show, Knowles said that she and her bandmates will reconvene towards the end of the year and have plans to hit the road early in 2003.