“I Don’t Care What Anybody Else Says”: Michelle Williams Discusses Sunday’s Halftime Performance, And Her Critics

February 7, 2013  |  

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After a whirlwind weekend reuniting with Kelly and Beyoncé to bring Destiny’s Child back to the masses on Super Bowl Sunday, the very gracious Michelle Williams is in good and positive spirits. This is good news seeing as so many people, including Keyshia Cole leading the pack, were criticizing Williams’ performance during the show as being stiff compared to Kelly and Bey, that she looked unhappy, and as Cole would say, she was “f****N up the groove.” But Williams only has good things to say about her time back on the big stage with her girls, telling Billboard that rumors that she wasn’t happy to be back performing with them and that she couldn’t pull her weight were false.

“Oh the Super Bowl was beautiful! When three good girlfriends are together, you’re free and you don’t care who’s around; you’re just trying to catch up and be goofy. I had a blast. People at home watching… they don’t catch the moments where, like in the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ pose, I was smiling. We were all smiling. I was laughing with my girls. I don’t care what anybody else says. I don’t let it get me down. It was a beautiful thing.”

She also posted on her Facebook page, stating the importance of women supporting one another before lauding the performances of Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson, who sang the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” on Sunday.

“It was an honor to share the stage with my sisters Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé on Sunday night. To all my ladies, we must learn to stick together and support each other. The incredible Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson did an amazing job too! Thank you to my sister Beyonce for sharing your moment with Destiny’s Child. Love you!”

So there you have it, Michelle isn’t sweating the small stuff, especially since she’s got steady work coming in, including touring with “Fela!” and finishing up on her fourth solo album, a gospel composition, to be released later this year. But with everybody extra crunk about the ladies recently putting out the compilation album, Love Songs, and reuniting on stage, Billboard decided to ask if the ladies would be reuniting once again soon musically. She seemed optimistic, saying, “Who knows. It’s a possibility. I think this was a good moment, and it felt good for all of us and you definitely want those moments again.” Check out her full interview about her new album and kicking it with DC once again via Billboard.

What do you think of her response? And what did you make of her performance on Sunday?

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  • I am personally a fan of Keyshia Cole’s music and I don’t think that her comment was out of hate, especially since she said that she was only watching to see Beyonce’s halftime performance.

    With that being said, I’ve never thought that Michelle Williams could sing (I still feel that way), so I did agree with Keyshia’s comment, but I love Michelle’s ability to ignore negativity. You can definitely tell that her Bey, and Kelly are like sisters too.

  • kickash

    I’m gonna be honest, I’ve made silly jokes about Michelle just like a lot of people. But…as far as her performance Sunday, I have absolutely nothing negative to say. That was a great moment and at the end of the day she was part of one of the biggest female groups in history. Not many people get to say they were part of something like that. I make jokes, but I still have much respect for Michelle.

  • Nicole Brooks

    That’s wright Ms. Williams! She continues to stay classy while Cole is instagraming pics of bank statements with the usual hood rat “I’M STILL GETTIN MONEY DOE” quote and telling people to “run up”. On another note: Cole claims that Williams shaded her and theres NO evidence of this anywhere. I doubt it happened. She just made up some BS to excuse her actions.

    • mskaywill

      A person using a fake twitter under Michelle name did. She thought the account was real even tho it wasn’t certified..

  • Guest360

    I love Michelle. She’s so humble, sweet, and classy. How anyone has the nerve to fix their mouth to talk about her in such a negative way (I’m looking at you Keyshia Cole) is just beyond me. She’s so sweet and down to earth and when given the opportunity to clap back at “some” who perpetuate constant negativity, she takes the high road and doesn’t bother with it. Love it. Wish some would follow her lead and do better.


    A classy response for sure. She’s in a very different place than her DC colleagues. The semi-nudity and explicit stuff never seemed to be her schtick anyway, so the coordination thing is in line with that. She’s no less an artist or talented. I say “Do You” and leave the sex-sells-everything approach to those who embrace it (2/3 of DC)

  • Chassie

    I love Michelle. that’s a lady for you

  • aquisticsoul

    I like Michelle, very classy. A good role model for a lot of young ladies.

  • LoLz

    Michelle did her thing. If she is happy with herself, then who is Keisha Cole to say anything about what she is doing? You don’t see Michelle going around talking about how ghetto Keisha Cole is. Why is that? Because Michelle has more class in her little finger than Keisha will ever have in her entire life if she doesn’t catch a clue. Michelle has it right. F— what negative people think and say. If Keisha Cole wanna talk trash f— her too!

  • unque43

    Keyshia Cole, if you don’t stop with that, we will soon be saying keyshia who. You ain’t in Michelle, Kelly and Bey’s league. No where close. You have a closed audience stop trying to step in the lime light and get some of their glory. No one accept those in your limited audience even know of u. U know nothing about that. I believe in supporting ladies,but you climbing up the wrong rope.

  • Unque43

    No one would have had keyshia out of the gate. Ladies, ladies, ladies we got to start supporting each other. We have got to. We got to go to the bat when others try to tear us down. Why do we do that?

  • get real

    “Until you can top the Superbowl then keep your mouth on lock” -Nelly… Michelle brush that bs off and keep it moving

  • clove8canela

    And she shouldn’t care. She’s always had issues w coordination but she’s earned her keep & seems to be having a great career. Who cares about what Keyshia thinks? As she sits at home watching the SuperBowl on tv, wishing that were her on stage, while being bitter about her weak career & lack of connections.

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    but Michelle, you know that hurt your feelings. . .

    • SexNdaCity

      Even if it did, she has chosen the high road and is moving forward…so why dwell on hurt feelings?

  • FromUR2UB

    Oh, wow! Now SHE’s catching some Beytred?

  • JaneDoe

    Michelle shouldn’t even have responded to Keyshia Cole.. She was the only one with something negative to say. It stems from hate and you’d not address people like that. The performance was great. The chemistry was great, their bond is greater. Michelle, desitiny’s child have been doing their thing long before Keyshia stepped on te scene. Just like Kerri Hilson she dug herself into a deep hole. Much success Michelle

    • Damn iPhone

      You don’t

    • Nicole Brooks

      She didn’t even really respond to Keyshia. Didn’t mention her, shade her, or anything else. She responded to the question about the negativity. That shows how irrelevant Cole really is.

  • Me

    I love Michelle! She just seems so sweet!