Yesterday Michelle Williams celebrated the recent release of her new book “Checking In,” which chronicled her personal mental health journey, by sharing recordings of “group chats” with Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland.
Each audiotape showed Williams “checking in” on her bandmates as they talked about their life, as the memoir’s title suggested.
“Look who checked in yesterday with me!! The only time we’ll let y’all eavesdrop on our group chats!!,” Williams captioned one clip, “just wanted to check in and see what’s going on,” she said to friends and former groupmates, Beyonce and Kelly.
“Oh, we love and miss you so much,” Beyoncé replied in the recording. “We’re so proud of you, Mimi! You are so inspirational for both of us — and we just love watching you become exactly who you are and the world to see your impact, wisdom, and beautiful advice.”
“Amen!” Rowland added.
Another clip showed Rowland cooking in her kitchen and what appeared to be a chat between the three.
“What kind of soup are you making?” Beyoncé asked in the recording, Rowland replied, “Chicken and rice soup.”
“She’s cutting celery and carrots. Are you making some musical soup right now?” Williams quipped.
“I’m cooking some music — that’s Chef Boyardee and Chef Boy-Kelly,” Rowland joked before adding, “You know I’m editing that s— out.”
Williams captioned the clip, “Checking In Group Chat. Everybody’s in the ‘kitchen!'” revealing a photo of the trio posing together with Rowland’s newborn son Noah Jon.
“What do you hope the world gains and the knowledge they gain from your book?” Rowland asked Williams in the third and final audio clip.
Williams said, “It’s okay to not be okay. And it’s okay to tell somebody you’re not okay. I honestly should have done that with y’all. I’ve been open about a lot of things, but I was never really truthful about how I really was. Even though y’all have proven to be safe friends, safe sisters, sometimes people have to know you’re not going to be looked at differently if you say, ‘Y’all, I’ve been really sad too long. Something’s going on.”
Her words struck a chord with Rowland, who emphasized the need to remember that friendships come with humility.
“You have to allow yourself to hold a safe place and a safe space for all friendships to be able to check-in. It’s a blessing to be able to have that. If it’s your person, there’s nothing they’ll judge you for,” Rowland said. “That’s the greatest thing Destiny’s Child has ever given me. My gift of friendship with you ladies.”
“Absolutely,” Beyoncé agreed. “Kelly and I feel so honored we are now your safe space where you can express any and everything. We know you are that for us, and you’ve always been that for us, so we’re just happy to be along this journey and happy to witness the birth in your new chapter.”
“It’s 20 years,” Beyoncé said of their friendship. “It ain’t going nowhere.”