Beyoncé is just not as friendly on Instagram as her former Destiny’s Child bandmate Kelly Rowland. In honor of Aaliyah’s 35th birthday, both Beyoncé and Rowland shared a photo of themselves with the singer, who was tragically killed in a plane crash in 2001. They coincidentally shared the same picture.
Rowland kept all three singers in the photo, but Beyoncé decided to crop Rowland out of her version of the picture. People on Twitter were quick to comment, with most calling Beyoncé the “Queen of Shade,” “Shade” is a slang term meaning acting in a disrespectful manner toward someone.
This is certainly not the first time Beyoncé has faced backlash for how she sometimes treats Rowland, who is also widely regarded as her “stepsister” since the two grew up together while in Houston. Rowland even refers to Beyoncé as her “sister” in some interviews, and has denied that they are feuding. But Beyoncé might not feel the same. In an undated interview, which was turned into a Vine recently, Rowland is shown with former Destiny’s Child bandmates, including Beyoncé. Rowland introduces herself as “second lead vocalist of the group,” causing Beyoncé to look in her direction skeptically and roll her eyes before coughing loudly into her hand.
While there may be some issues in their relationship, Rowland and Beyoncé showed no signs of it earlier this month, when they came together in Miami to celebrate Blue Ivy’s 2nd birthday. Rowland was also present at Beyoncé’s mother’s masquerade birthday celebration in New Orleans days later.