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Beyoncé's father and former manager of Destiny's Child, Mathew Knowles, is claiming that he did everything possible to protect the girlband from R Kelly.

After hearing "some of those things" about the notorious sexual predator, he deliberately kept Destiny's Child away from him for their safety.

He also admits that hearing about Kelly's horrendous reputation for sexual, mental and physical abuse played a role in stopping the R&B band from collaborating with him.

A criminal investigation into dozens of allegations against R Kelly is now underway in Chicago and Atlanta following the Lifetime documentary Surviving R Kelly.

The Ignition singer, real name Robert Kelly, is accused of holding numerous women in a dangerous 'sex cult' in his homes, as well as having abusive, sexual relationships with underage girls as young as 12. He strongly denies this.

Rumours of his behaviour have been rampant since the early 1990s, after he forged singer Aaliyah's documents to allow her to marry him aged just 15, while he was 27.

Knowles claims that he originally turned down offers for Destiny's Child to collaborate with Kelly at first because he "didn't think it was a good song", according to Metro.


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The 67-year-old, who is the father of Beyoncé and Solange, commented that he never let the band members out of his sight;

"I was there, and my former wife Tina was there. The thing with R Kelly was, he liked to record late at night, around midnight. And what was different with his studio was that one room had a recording suite, and next door was a club, with 40 or 50 people dancing."

He continued; "R Kelly was managed by Sony, by someone I won’t name, and at that time, they would almost force you to record with their artists. R Kelly wasn’t cheap – it was $75,000, plus travel costs, so we’re talking $100,000 for a song."

He added that Kelly's negative reputation was in it's early stages, "I personally rejected the song, because I didn’t think it was a good song. Not just because of his reputation – this was around 1998, we had just begun to hear some of those things."

Mathew later said that the rumours surrounding Kelly's deplorable behaviour played a part in his choices for the girlband from then on, he said;

"Certainly, it was both of those things. The girls were 15, 16. When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes." They were allegedly under strict supervision, and were protected from him.

Another source for Metro claims that;

"Record labels would ask R Kelly to write songs for emerging artists as a way to help them break into the industry and he made several requests for Destiny’s Child," the source suggests.


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"Mathew and Tina rejected all of them because they didn’t want him anywhere near the band which is why they are one of the few acts to debut in the 90s without an R Kelly song in its official discography," they added.

Only one Destiny's Child song is associated with R Kelly, Stimulate Me, which appeared on the soundtrack for Eddie Murphy's film Life in 1999.

Apparently Kelly did not work in the studio at the same time as the group, and the song never actually appeared as an official Destiny's Child release, so the gals are off the hook. 

We're glad Mathew Knowles had the ability to keep the group protected from him, sadly other women weren't as fortunate.


Renowned Hollywood actor Eddie Murphy has become a father for the tenth time, welcoming a beautiful baby boy with his fiancé Paige Butcher on Friday.

Murphy's publicist released a statement on the couple's behalf, saying that their new bundle of joy Max Charles Murphy weighed 6lb 11oz.

The 57-year-old Beverley Hills Cop actor has nine other children, and Max is his second child with 39-year-old Paige Butcher.


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The couple have been dating since 2012, and their second child, an adorable little girl named Izzy, is now two-years-old.

Max Charles Murphy is 29 years younger than Eric, his eldest half sibling, who Murphy had with former partner Paulette McNeely. 

The actor and comedian has five other children were with his ex-wife Nicole Murphy, who he spent 22 years with, and had Bria, 28, Miles, 25, Shayne, 23, Zola, 18, and Bella, 16.

His son Christian was born while Murphy was with Tamara Hood, and his daughter Angel is from his relationship with Spice Girl Mel B.

The statement also commented that both Paige and Max are healthy and doing well.

How does he keep track of them all, it's legit Cheaper By the Dozen.


Her conception, birth and paternity made headlines between 2006 and 2007, and yet the second eldest daughter of former Spice Girl, Mel B, is rarely seen in public.

And while Maddie, the daughter Mel shares with Stephen Belafonte often appears by her mum's side at work, nine-year-old Angel Iris seemed a little camera-shy.

However, it looks like Angel, who was at the centre of a bitter legal battle between Mel and former partner Eddie Murphy, might get a taste for the spotlight after accompanying her mum and younger half-sister to the set of America's Got Talent yesterday.


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Looking totally unfazed by the cameras, Angel and Madison posed alongside their mum who was clearly thrilled to have her youngest two daughters by her side before the night's taping.

Taking to Instagram in the lead-up to their red carpet moment, Mel, who has since made peace with Eddie Murphy after he demanded a paternity test for Angel, shared a snap of the trio with followers, writing: "Me and my kiddies are ready to go live on @nbcagt. Boom."


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The mum-of-three then shared another rare photo of herself in public with her little ones, writing: "It's take kids to work day at @nbcagt with my queens."

Mel's fans were thrilled by the singer's insight into the relationship she shares with her daughters, with one writing: "I love Maddie's Mel hair and Angel's braids. I'm a Wannabe of your family."

"You all look so stunning! Beautiful like their mommy. Great show tonight, wow!" gushed one of the 41-year-old star's followers while another added: "They are so precious. And you look amazing."

We're with them on that one.




Funny-man Eddie Murphy has welcomed a baby girl today his rep has confirmed to People Magazine.

Eddie, who already has eight children, now adds Izzy Oona Murphy to the clan.

Weighing 7lbs 15oz and measuring 19.5 inches long, Izzy is the comedians first child with longtime girlfriend Paige Butcher.

The statement said "both mother and daughter are doing well".



The Nutty Professor is going to be a dad again.

Actor Eddie Murphy is expecting a child with his girlfriend Paige Butcher, his rep confirmed last night.

This will be Eddie and Paige's first child together, but fatherhood is by no means a new experience for the actor. 

He already has eight other children between the ages of eight and 26, with four different women.

Eddie is dad to Eric, 26, with Paulette McNeely; Christian, 25, with Tamara Hood; and Bria, 25, Myles, 22, Shayne, 21, Zola, 15, and Bella, 13, with his ex-wife Nicole Mitchell.

Nicole and Eddie were married for 22 years before splitting in 2006. A year later, former Spice Girl Mel B gave birth to eight-year-old Angel Iris.

The actor denied that he was Angel's father at first, but after a long paternity battle and a DNA test it was finally revealed he was.

Speaking in an interview back in 2010, Mel described her pregnancy with Angel as a "horrible time" due to the stress of her very public fight for paternity.

"I had paparazzi following me everywhere… I had people calling me a gold digger, saying that I got pregnant on purpose," she explained.

After a few years of no contact, Eddie started becoming a part of Angel's life shortly after her third birthday. Nowadays a source says that all of Eddie's kids are very close.

"Even though he has eight children by four different women, they all come together on holidays and for sporting events and hang out at his mansion as one big blended family," a source tells Mail Online.

"All of the children love each other dearly and the women, having all moved on with their own relationships, co-exist very well together."

Hopefully Baby Number 9 will be welcomed with open arms.