As social media sleuths speculate that everyone's favourite R&B girl band could be reuniting, resident Stylist.co.uk Destiny's Child superfan Moya Crockett assesses the evidence.
I once had a dream that I was about to watch Destiny’s Child perform on stage. The crowds were screaming. That incredible Stevie Nicks-sampling intro to Bootylicious was thundering. Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle were striding onstage – and then my mum came in and woke me up.
I was devastated, because like thousands of girls and women around the world, seeing Destiny's Child in concert is something I would sell my left kidney to achieve. They are just the best, the ultimate, the all-time queens of danceable, sing-able, whirlwind R&B. No other band has soundtracked my life in quite the same way, from kid’s birthday parties through to sweaty student club nights, and whenever I’m feeling sad or vulnerable I still imagine that I’m in the Survivor video to steel my nerves.
And so the news – OK, the rumours – that Destiny’s Child might actually be reforming in 2017 was almost enough to make me keel over. To paraphrase the girls themselves, I genuinely don’t think I can handle this.
Here’s what we know. Six days ago, with little fanfare, a Destiny’s Child Instagram account was opened, and started posting throwback photos of Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle. It looked like any other tribute page, until fans noticed that the account had that all-important blue verification tick. These posts, people, are officially sanctioned.
And why would Team DC start rolling out nostalgia-inducing Instagram posts now, a full 14 years after they went on hiatus in 2004?
Well, eagle-eyed fans were quick to point out on Twitter, next year marks 20 years since the release of No No No, the first Destiny's Child single.
And if the ongoing will-they-won't-they fanfare around the Spice Girls getting back together has taught us anything, it's that 20th anniversaries of iconic girl band releases are bound to prompt reunion speculation.
So I see Destiny's Child is on Instagram now! 2017 is the 20-year anniversary of the group & I pretty sure they'll be touring— lisa (aka Kiki) (@yellachik527) October 27, 2016
Destiny's child 20th anniversary is next year and all of a sudden a Verified Instagram pops up. They have something planned— BΔK : LLIMAJ (@Llimaj1) October 27, 2016
Beyoncé’s worldwide Lemonade tour wrapped up this month, which means 2017 is looking pretty free for her so far. And just this week, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams went on a girls’ night out together at the ELLE Women in Hollywood awards, where Rowland revealed that they still hang out frequently with their third DC sister.
“We just had dinner last night!” Rowland told E! News, adding that people often freak out when they see the three women together. “They often look at us sideways, like, ‘Are we really seeing this?’ It’s really cute.”
Rowland went on to claim that the girls "haven't even talked" about a possible reunion, but we're choosing to believe that that is simply a crafty attempt to throw us off the scent. Nice try, Rowland, but you'll have to do better than that. Bring on 2017...
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