Beyoncé and former Destiny’s Child bandmate Kelly Rowland go way back — which is exactly where Beyoncé threw it on Instagram in honor of her longtime BFF’s 38th birthday.
On Monday, Beyoncé shared a series of photos showing Rowland in her youth, as well as Rowland and Beyoncé being perennial #squadgoals. “Happy birthday Kelly! I love you Deep Deep. BIG deep,” she wrote. “Me and you, us never part, Makidada. Walking through them middle school hallways like ‘Rollin Rollin Rollin.’”
While we don’t know the story behind some of those references, the prevailing sentiment is clear — Beyoncé and Rowland have a lot of history and share more memories, secrets and inside jokes than we can probably imagine.
In fact, the women have often alluded to their tight bond over the years.
Rowland revealed to People in 2016 that she and Beyoncé are living the dream of middle school besties everywhere — not only are they still BFFs, but they’re raising their kids to be BFFs, too. “They are extremely close,” Rowland said of her son, Titan Jewell, and Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy. “It’s the sweetest thing. It’s the greatest thing about friendship, when you’re able to grow up together and your children grow up together. They act like cousins.”
That same year, Rowland told The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 that she and Beyoncé always keep up with each other’s lives.
“The last time me and Bey were together was like two weeks ago, when I stopped by rehearsals and we talked about everything else. We really, really do. We talk about playdates with the kids, and we talk about vacations and new opportunities,” Rowland said.
While Beyoncé and Rowland’s friendship obviously plays a beloved role in Rowland’s life, she shared a throwback photo last week representing another important relationship: the one with herself.
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👑My Dearest Kelly,👑 Let me start by saying what a smart young lady you are, you were born a Queen! And even though the world doesn’t show you enough beautiful images of yourself, you are one of a kind, and don’t let ANYONE tell you different. I wrote a song for you, about your “Crowning Glory!” I hope you like it! I know you don’t hear it much, how “Beautiful Your hair is”, your unique and various textures and colors, that make you UNIQUE and SPECIAL. Just know, no one wears your CROWN like you Baby Girl! And you don’t have to look like ANYONE ELSE! You are Kelly Rowland and special in your own right, Contrary to anyone else’s standards! Love Yourself, Respect Yourself, and hold your head high for all to see! I love you & your glorious “Crown” YOU SO FLYYYY! P.S. Now go and tell every girl you know the same, she needs to hear it! 😉
“My Dearest Kelly, Let me start by saying what a smart young lady you are, you were born a Queen! And even though the world doesn’t show you enough beautiful images of yourself, you are one of a kind, and don’t let ANYONE tell you different,” Rowland began a post attached to a picture of herself as a young girl.
She continued, “You are Kelly Rowland and special in your own right, contrary to anyone else’s standards! Love yourself, respect yourself, and hold your head high for all to see! I love you and your glorious ‘crown.’ YOU SO FLYYYY!’”
Rowland wrapped up the empowering message with an equally uplifting call-to-action. “Now go and tell every girl you know the same, she needs to hear it!”
With an attitude like that and friends like Beyoncé by her side, Rowland is sure to have one heck of a year.
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