Michelle Williams rocked it with confidence in the TV series The Masked Singer, where people had to guess her voice as she sang with a mask. However, in a new interview, she talks about struggling with confidence, especially while she was a member of Destiny’s Child.
Talking to Billboard, the 40-year-old revealed how affected she was in the iconic girl group for not being “mainstream.” Williams said, “I’ve done a lot of gospel, so I’m kind of insecure because mainstream [fans] don’t know my voice. And sometimes social media… it’s bad when you read the comments. I like engaging with people on social media. I don’t want to not talk to the people that are being gracious all because there are some mean ones out there. But sometimes before you get to the nice ones you have to get through a couple mean ones.”
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She continued, “Apparently I don’t have the most commercially appealing voice or whatever. People have their favorites, but vocally I was not a favorite in the group, and that stuck with me.”
Social media has been particularly hard on Williams. In 2014, #PoorMichelle was trending on social media, which criticized her career with endless memes and tweets. However, Williams famously responded with, “#PoorMichelle that’s not what my accountant said!”