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Kelly Rowland’s single ‘Dirty Laundry’ has caused quite a stir since its May release. Beyoncé envy! Hidden hostility! Or simply a natural emotion that can bubble to the surface even in close friendships? Kele Okereke writes in the Guardian that envy can sometimes be an important motivator. It’s a great discussion on living in the shadow of a friend or family member— just ignore his last line.

Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

“Kelly Rowland is not the first performer to live in the shadow of a more successful friend or sibling. But as I found when my band met the Kaiser Chiefs, feelings of envy can be a strong motivator.” Kele Okereke

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year you will have spotted the unmistakably coy face of Mrs Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter peering at from you from every advertising site in the country. The transition from girl-band member to bona fide pop icon has been seamless. With more than 100 million album sales and a crowning Super Bowl performance, interest in the star has never been higher. But spare a thought for her Destiny’s Child bandmate Kelly Rowland.

Last week during a live performance in Washington, Rowland broke down while singing her new single Dirty Laundry. In it she talks candidly about growing up in Beyoncé’s shadow.

“When my sister was on stage/ Killing it like a motherfucker/ I was in rage/ Feeling it like a motherfucker,” she sings. “Bird in a cafe/ You’d never know what I was dealing with/ Went our separate ways but I was happy she was killin’ it/ Bittersweet, she was up, I was down/ No lie, I feel good for her but what do I do now?”

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