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Kelly Rowland and Whitney Houston

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You know that saying, “Never meet your heroes, because they’re sure to disappoint you.” If you’ve lived long enough, you might have found that a person you admire from afar turns out to be disappointing when you really get to know him or her.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case for Kelly Rowland. Rowland sat down with her fellow coaches on “The Voice Australia” to discuss meeting their heroes and whether or not they were what they expected.

Rowland said, “Absolutely. It was Whitney. And I remember actually coming out of this hotel and her ex-husband Bobby Brown came up to myself and the girls and was like, ‘Omg, my wife loves y’all.’ And by the way, I’m just a 15-16-year-old girl. So I said, ‘Your wife, your wife, YOUR WIFE! Okay.’ So we go over and she was in an interview with this woman and it was for Out magazine, I’ll never forget it. And it was the first time we were mentioned with another artist in an article. And she stopped the interview, sang to us, talked to us. Was like, ‘Oh, Ima give y’all my number if y’all need anything. I’m Auntie Whitney, I’m Auntie Whitney. If you ever need anything, I got you.’ Just the sweetest woman, a woman of her word.

Boy George: Did you call her?

Kelly Rowland: Of course, we called her! For sure. And she called us and checked in with us. And that was just amazing. Same thing happened with Janet. Janet was the exact same way. Something was happening. I think it was we weren’t supposed to travel because it was something crazy going on with airplanes. And Janet was like, ‘I don’t want you guys to fly today.’ I was like, ‘Okay, we won’t fly today. Whatever you say.’ So it’s so awesome when you meet your hero.

You can watch Kelly relive the moment in the video below.


Rowland and Houston shared a connection long before they met. In an interview years ago, Rowland shared that the reason she was able to get accepted into the Destiny’s Child –then Girl’s Tyme was because they were impressed by the way she sang “I’m Your Baby Tonight” during her audition.


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