They met at grade school when LeToya Luckett was assigned to sit next to her.
That person turned out to be Beyoncé Giselle Knowles. The two – both aspiring singers – went on to form one of the biggest girlbands of all time – Destiny’s Child. But after enormous success, things abruptly turned sour.
LeToya Is Expecting Her First Child
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Luckett and fellow band mate Latavia Roberson were kicked out of the group in 2000. Now 18 years later, all seems to be forgiven. Luckett went to see Bey’s “On The Run II” Tour with her husband Jay Z where the two were picture backstage in Arlington, Texas.
LeToya, 37, is now expecting her first child with businessman Tommicus Walker. In the picture, posted on beyonce.com, the “Torn” singer is seen smiling from ear to ear, as Beyonce rests her head on her childhood friend’s shoulder, caressing her baby bump.
Destiny’s Child was formed in the early 90’s with original members Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Robertson, Tamar Davis and Nikki and Nina Taylor. Tamar, Nikki and Nina, were cut from the band in 1993 by Beyonce’s father and group manager – Matthew Knowles.
The three former members were replaced by LeToya.
LeTavia And LeToya Filed A Lawsuit
Destiny’s Child released its self-titled album in February 1998, which sold over a million copies. But their breakthrough album came with their second release – The Writing’s On The Wall.
Songs like “Say My Name” and “Bills, Bills, Bills” topped the charts and catapulted them to mainstream success. But at the height of their fame, LaTavia and LeToya became unhappy with Matthew Knowles management. They claimed he favored Beyoncé and Kelly and wanted someone else to represent them.
When word got back to Matthew, they were both ruthlessly cut from the group and replaced with Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. Farrah left the group five months after she joined, leaving the girl group as it is today: Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle.
In March of 2000, LeTavia and LeToya filed a lawsuit against Kelly and Beyonce, as well as Poppa Knowles.
Last year, LeToya held back tears as she spoke to Pastor John Gray on his OWN show about the messy situation. Gray asked Luckett how she felt to see her bandmates going on to find worldwide success.
“I felt a few things,” she began before asking. “What do I do now? This is all that I know and I’m afraid to do something alone and these were my friends. We grew up together so I think that I felt at that moment like I’m about to lose my friends.”
Meanwhile LeToya has gone on to find success in her own right. She put out her third solo album out last year called Back 2 Life. She also owns an upscale woman’s boutique called Lady Elle Boutique in Texas.