*Following her big reveal as the butterfly on “Masked Singer,” former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams has opened up how affected she was in the iconic girl group for not being “mainstream.”
In an interview with Billboard, Williams said, “I’ve done a lot of gospel, so I’m kind of insecure because mainstream [fans] don’t know my voice. And sometimes social media… it’s bad when you read the comments. I like engaging with people on social media. I don’t want to not talk to the people that are being gracious all because there are some mean ones out there. But sometimes before you get to the nice ones you have to get through a couple mean ones.”
She continued, “Apparently I don’t have the most commercially appealing voice or whatever. People have their favorites, but vocally I was not a favorite in the group, and that stuck with me.”
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As noted by BET.com, in 2014, folks mocked her career thru memes and the hashtag #PoorMichelle. Williams responded with, “#PoorMichelle that’s not what my accountant said!”
Williams admits that despite being in an enormously popular group, it’s still a struggle every time she hits the stage.
“It’s still a struggle. I’m in a theater show as we speak, and you want to make sure… I hope the people like it. That’s what we signed up for — people are buying their tickets and you want to make sure they’re pleased so they’ll continue to support you on the next move you do. At the same time, you have to go up there and be you, not bend or conform… no, do it the way God gave it to you. Be who you are.”
During the Billboard interview, Williams also explained why she decided to step back into the spotlight with “Masked Singer” after taking a year off last December to focus on her mental health.
“I really intended to take this entire year off. Management and everybody was like, “Your identity is hidden, no one will know who you are until the day you have to be unmasked.” So I was like, “OK, I can rock with that.” Of course a few people knew… I’m close with the music director of the show, he’s a friend of mine, so I felt comfortable and I’d be taken care of. And as it relates to anything I’ve done in 20 years in the industry, The Masked Singer is probably one of the top three to five things I’ve ever done,” she explained, calling the show “good energy.”
She added, “Everybody wants you to be your best. I miss people that worked on the show. And musically for me, it worked for me to do… I felt like I was able to shine a little bit.”