Beyoncé‘s collaborators may be interested in taking shots at Kelly Rowland on her behalf, but Beyoncé herself has no interest in female-star infighting. In the cover story for the August/September 2011 issue of Complex, she refused to provide any grist about Rowland or any other female pop stars for the ever-churning rumor mill.
Interviewer Gabriel Alvarez tries to hedge a bit about rumors. “The fact that both released singles on the same day back in ’08 was somehow interpreted to mean that Bey was trying to sabotage Kelly,” he notes, implying a conflict on the level of Blur and Oasis in 1995, even while denying its veracity. In fact, Rowland’s “single” was actually the digital-only deluxe reissue of Miss Kelly, and Beyoncé’s “release” was “Sweet Dreams,” leaked the day after it was recorded, and months before the release of I Am…Sasha Fierce, so even a Beyoncé collaborator who might identify with Bhasker‘s Twitter outburst yesterday wouldn’t have purposefully made the song public.
To be fair, when Alvarez asks about drama, he does observes that “you can tell the question irks her, simply in the asking.” Beyoncé’s response, though, shuts the line of questioning down, despite Alvarez’s suggestion of “not-at-all subtle lines of distinction”:
There is room on this earth for many queens. I have an authentic, God-given talent, drive, and longevity that will always separate me from everyone else. I’ve been fortunate to accomplish things that the younger generation of queens dream of accomplishing. I have no desire for anyone else’s throne. I am very comfortable in the throne I’ve been building for the past 15 years.
This response, though clearly too canny to be impromptu, recalls Robyn‘s comments on female-star drama after (false) rumors of conflict with Katy Perry blossomed. “Girls are always expected to have opinions about each other,” she told MTV at Bonnaroo, pointing out that male artists “very rarely get asked” about each other. How are girls to be expected to run the world when they’re constantly being prompted to talk trash about each other?
Beyoncé: Mighty Fly [Complex]
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