No Girl Power: Danity Kane & 15 More Epic Girl Group Beefs And Breakups
Plenty of girl groups experience behind the scenes drama and tension that ultimately lead to their demise. Danity Kane is the most recent girl group to breakup. They have gone through much drama throughout the years. Back in 2008, they kept their drama behind the scenes until Diddy disbanded the group who shined on “Making the Band 3.” The ladies reunited in 2013 and that lasted about year until more drama got in the way of their success. Dawn Richard recently opened up about the breakup and how she blacked out on Aubrey O’Day. Here’s a list of 15 more epic girl group beefs and breakups.
The lead singer of 702, Meelah Williams, revealed truths behind this group’s demise, which happened in the early 2000s. But no one really knew what happened. She told YBF, “Our story hasn’t been told. When it comes to the demise of 702, I feel like I was the blame. I feel like the public perception is that I left to pursue a solo career but that’s not the case. We had a lot of internal issues, there was a lot of jealousy and animosity towards me….because I was brought on to give the group a “voice” lift. It was kinda like I was put in that position and it was hard for all of us. I felt bad cause I didn’t want to be the one responsible for them feeling like they were no longer worthy of singing lead. And then they felt bad cause they were like this chick coming in and taking all the vocals. It was difficult.”
SWV opened up about their group’s disbandment on their we TV show, “SWV Reunited.” LeeLee Lyons wrote about the breakup earlier last year in a blog post. She said, “it’s always a stressful to hear someone ask about the breakup of SWV. It’s always easy to point the finger, and not be accountable. There are a lot of lies floating around about how SWV broke up. I will say this here; LELEE did not break up the group that she started, point, blank and the period!!! Powwww!!!” She also opened up about thoughts of suicide after the group disbanded, “I was very depressed. I mean I got to the point where I was just going to end my life. It was that bad. If I couldn’t have, what I had before, if I couldn’t have SWV and be who I was, as the world knew me as, I wanted to die,” Lyons told Bethenny Frankel. “I really believe, I mean, I can’t self diagnose myself but something was d*mn wrong with me!” She missed performances and RCA Records wanted to replace her, but her group fought to keep her in. Coko Clemons ended up going solo and released 1999’s Hot Coko.
It’s Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson vs. Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron. Jones opened up to Rumor Fix about the breakup and why she eventually left the group, but fought Ellis and Herron over rights to use the name. A judge sided with Herron and Ellis. There’s been a lasting divide among the ladies. After the success of Funky Divas in 1994, they were allegedly offered a $15 million deal, but they couldn’t reach an agreement. Ellis has been dating one of their producers Denzil Foster who formed the group. They were offered another deal in 2008. But once again, he got in the way. Ultimately, Robinson left due to the money not being right back in 1997. And Jones followed in the 2000s. But after their reunion and still nothing changing on the financial end, Jones and Robinson left the group again. They said, Ellis and Herron are happy with their same deal from the earlier 1990s. Sigh.
Naturi Naughton claimed she was outed from 3LW. She told Wendy Williams back in 2002. “The only reason I’m here is because I was forced to leave because there was an attack on me by my group member Kiely Williams,” according to MTV.com. What led to the Naughton’s departure was a food fight involving a KFC two-piece fried chicken meal with mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. She couldn’t take it anymore — with already strained relationship with Williams and Adrienne Bailon — she left the group that summer. She was replaced with Jessica Benson. But when Williams and Bailon joined the Cheetah Girls, 3LW dissolved for good by the mid-2000s.
Everyone knows the story behind the drama, lineup changes and lawsuits that was Destiny’s Child. But we’ll will reiterate it. During the height of their success, two original members, La Tavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett, were kicked out the group. They were replaced with Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. Eventually Franklin left too, and the group became a trio, which they’ve remained (thank goodness). The group ultimately ended on good terms. Williams, Kelly Rowland and Queen Bey are still close, and still collaborate from time-to-time.
Diana Ross quickly became the star of The Supremes. And Berry Gordy focused more on her…personally and professionally. Eventually, the group was renamed Diana Ross & the Supremes. Florence Ballard was removed from the group — due to her displeasure with how the group was being managed and Ross being the lead singer. She struggled with alcoholism, depression and poverty. At the age of 32 in 1976, she died from cardiac arrest. It’s been known as one of the greatest tragedies of Rock n’ Roll. Ross went solo in 1970. The group (Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong and Jean Terrell) continued to perform until 1972/1973. After a few lineup changes, the group disbanded in 1977.
According to Kandi Burruss, they broke up after three successful albums because they couldn’t get along. She told Sister 2 Sister, “I don’t feel like all the members of my group, they don’t have love for me like that. To me it’s just a situation where I feel like I don’t want to go to that.” LaTocha Scott blamed Burruss for breaking up the group and sleeping with Jermaine Dupri. She replied with, “my thing is the only unfinished business I can think of is the fact that we didn’t go onto the other albums that we were supposed to do. Other than that, I don’t understand where the unfinished business comes in at. I don’t know what she’s talking about.”
It was a commonly held belief that Mimi Doby left the group due to medical problems, but she left due to no other reason than the group’s bickering in 1995. She left right after the tour for their debut album. According to VH1, Bronchitis was the official cause and Kina Cosper replaced her — joining Maxee Maxwell and Nicci Gilbert. But she later admitted she had issues with the group. They released a sophomore album in 1997, Still Climbing. But after that, the group parted ways.
Founding member Joi Marshall told us in 2012 the group broke up due to financial issues. The ladies went their separate ways in the 1990s, and it lasted for 20 years. But last year we reported they reunited. The ladies explained what caused them to come back together. “Our fans actually. We have been getting walk ups, drive-byes, e-mails, and social media messages forever asking us to come back. We just made the decision that we should. Even though we have busy lives and we’re doing other things now, we can still comeback and now would be a good time because so many other groups are making their resurgence. So we feel we’ll just continue our journey and come back out with some new music.” Marshall and Tonya Kelly revealed original member Di Reed decided not to return. Marshall said, “Yes, Myracle is her name. Di is touring with Rod Stewart and she wanted to stay on that journey. So we thought we’d come out and get a fabulous and beautiful singer, and she was available. I met her through a producer friend of ours, Def Jeff, and she fit right in. We worked it out.”
Pamela Long, the group’s lead, gave vague reasons behind their breakup, but they were signed to Bad Boy Records after all. And we all know how things can go sour with that label. But there were personal issues within the group. AND they had issues, of course, with Bad Boy. Shortly after the release of Kima, Keisha, and Pam, they broke up in the early 2000s. The ladies focused on raising their families. Long reunited with Kima Raynor and Keisha Spivey in 2014, according to MN.
They were truly “Unsung.” TV One documented the rise and quick fall of the girl group who gave Motown its first pop hit, “Please Mr. Postman.” Sadly, after that, one paid attention to them during the height of Motown’s success. Georgeanna Tillman left the group due to suffering from Lupus. They remained as a trio. Wanda Rogers took over as lead instead of Gladys Horton. The latter left the group to be a mother in 1967. Members trickled out. Rogers was unreliable and difficult to work with. She was the only original member, after many lineup changes, to be featured on 1970’s album The Return of the Marvelettes other than Katherine Anderson who refused to be on the cover due to Motown’s disrespect towards the group. They officially disbanded in 1970. A string of personal problems followed with the group. Tillman died from Lupus in 1980.
The Pointer Sisters
Bonnie Pointer was a member of the Pointer Sisters until 1977 as we previously reported. She decided to pursue a solo career and enjoyed moderate success. Later, she wanted back in the group, but was denied. When June Pointer died in 2006 — who kept in touch with Bonnie, she was cremated by Anita and Ruth and their brothers. But Bonnie said she wasn’t allowed to ride in the family car and said her siblings denied June’s wishes of burial. The other sisters denied the allegations. They said she was just upset she wasn’t allowed back in the group. Nevertheless, they later reunited.
Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
Although their was drama in the group, their main drama was with another girl group, the Supremes. Motown put major focus on the Supremes at the height of the record label’s success. As for the Vandellas, after many top ten hits, their popularity started to decline in late 1960s. According to Biography.com, Reeves developed an addiction to prescription drugs due to the pressures of being the lead singer. By 1969, Motown’s production team Holland-Dozier-Holland (Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian Holland and Eddie Holland) left the label. After little success, they disbanded in 1972.
The Pussycat Dolls
According to Carmit Bacher, Nicole Scherzinger took the group’s song, “When I Grow Up,” literally. By time of its release Bacher had already left. Scherzinger hogged the fame and kept her eating disorder from her bandmates. Bacher told Daily Mail, “It’s quite scary but obviously that can affect you deeply, emotionally obviously there are things there that need to be dealt with too but we were working so hard so we didn’t think.” She added Scherzinger had ambitions for a solo career, which led to the group’s demise. “She’s ambitious and she’s driven and she wanted to have her solo career. We were made very aware of that. I was never thinking about a lead, to me a group is a group, so I thought it was gonna be more of like all of us. We didn’t think it was going to veer to being as much of Nicole as it did. We thought of her as being the lead vocalist and spearheading the situation but then it really became a separation between us.”
Mel B (Scary Spice) revealed the group fought during the height of their success. Scary and Ginger didn’t really get along — as they were co-leaders of the group. She revealed to ABC, “we fought like cats and dogs.” She added, “we had a five-year plan that got shortened after three years. We were all eventually going to go our own way, anyway … We always knew Victoria was going into fashion, Mel C was always gonna do music, Emma wanted to do radio, and I kind of wanted to do a bit of everything … but it did come early.” She continued with, “when Geri left the group, it was bad,” she said. “She left on my birthday, and didn’t tell anybody. She just didn’t show up. We had the rest of the tour, the American part of the tour to continue.”