Michelle Williams Responds To The Super Bowl Halftime Criticism


Even before Beyoncé‘s Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show was over, rampant and widespread criticism erupted online concerning different portions of the performance. For some, Beyoncé‘s setlist of songs wasn’t impressive enough, for others her choice of outfit was unsatisfactory … and for others, the part of the show where Destiny’s Child reunited for the first time in years left much to be desired. In this instance, the critics took less issue with Beyoncé and more issue with DChild member Michelle Williams who, in all honestly, appeared to have some difficulty keeping up with her groupmates when the time came to dance. Speaking to Billboard magazine, Williams is speaking out for the first time about the criticism she has received regarding her performance at the Super Bowl this year and wants the world to know that haters won’t keep her down … even if they may have a point.

Back in the groove of the touring company of “Fela!,” Michelle Williams says she’s still buzzing about the Destiny’s Child reunion during Beyonce’s halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII. And she’s bristling about social media chatter that speculated she wasn’t happy to be there. “Oh, the Super Bowl was beautiful,” Williams tells Billboard, adding that preparations for the segment — during which the trio sang a bit of “Bootylicious,” “Independent Women” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” — was marked by horsing around that drove the choreographer and creative director crazy. “When three good girlfriends are together, you’re free and you don’t care who’s around; you’re just trying to catch up and be goofy. I had a blast. People at home watching… they don’t catch the moments where, like in the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ pose, I was smiling. We were all smiling. I was laughing with my girls. I don’t care what anybody else says. I don’t let it get me down. It was a beautiful thing.”

OH and remember that big fat, boldfaced LIE Michelle Williams told about there being no Destiny’s Child reunion before the reunion took place, yeah, she talks about that too:

“I was just trying to protect the integrity of Beyonce’s show,” she explains. “She really wanted it to be a surprise. Had I not had to promote ‘Fela!,’ I would not have had to answer those questions. So when people said, ‘Hey, Michelle, is it going to happen?’ I wasn’t going to say ‘yes.’ It wasn’t my show. (Beyonce) didn’t want anybody to know.”

Uh, huh … blame Beyoncé girl … but you ain’t foolin’ no one, especially the man upstairs :/ In regards to partaking in possible future Destiny’s Child reunion performances, Michelle says she’s all for it:

Williams says she’d “do it again in a minute” with Destiny’s Child, which of course raises the question of whether the trio WILL do it again. “Who knows,” she answers. “It’s a possibility. I think this was a good moment, and it felt good for all of us and you definitely want those moments again.” The group had a reunion moment before the Super Bowl, of course, reconvening for the first time in eight years to record “Nuclear” for the new compilation, “Love Songs,” in December.

I hate that it’s so easy to pick on poor Michelle but dang if she doesn’t bring the criticism on herself. She’s a bad liar, which is a good trait … but when you are a bad liar, it’s easy to point fingers. She’s also not the most adept dancer nor is she particularly light on her feet so … when paired up with two fierce performers like Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, well, she kinda stands out. Still, I got a huge soft spot in my heart for dear Michelle. I hope we do get to see further DChild reunion performances in the future … not because I want to poke fun (honestly) but because it’s a bit magical when those 3 ladies get together again :) Let’s just hope Michelle is a bit more up to snuff if the ladies reunite on stage again.


  • nicole

    i would have half assed beyonces dance routine too. i mean it was a DC “reunion” & beyonce has them doing HER song & dance. maybe Michelle just wasnt that into it.

  • Meghan

    That gif is hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dach

    First off….I’m for my ladies going out and doing their thing. I was not impressed with the half time show. I feel the setlist for the show was off. I wil say I enjoyed the surprise reunion of DC. They should have given them a better dance sequence. And this Michelle hate she gets, I mean really. While they are concerning themselves with her life, she is the one adding to her resume and making more $$$. Fools who have to much time on their hands.

  • Shannon

    That GIF is sooo wrong, lol! But I’m glad Michelle is speaking out; she may be the ‘off’ member of DC, but she’s still in there! Haters go on and hate, lol :)

    • rOXy

      I diiiiied when I saw that gif. Filled my laugh quotient for the next five years.

    • Joan

      Beyonce was inches away from hair-whipping her into shape. lol Jokes aside, though, I sympathize with Michelle because the thought on moving like that in high heels doesn’t seem too enticing to me.

    • rOXy

      Joan, you’re so right. Even Michelle’s hair whip needed a walker…lololol

  • blaqfury

    I CANNOT with that .gif…LOL, i am cracking up waaaaaaay more than I really should be…*tears*

  • Megan

    We Break the Dawn was ma jam when it came out, haters gonna hate!

  • Ella

    I am ROLLING! That gif is too much. Michelle seemed off, but I’m wondering why no one mentioned the microphone issues with Kelly and Michelle. Anyone else think their voices sounded washed out? I know it’s Beyonce’s show, but damn girl clearly no one is going to out sing your a$$.

  • daedae

    C’mon give the girl a break! it has always been a given that Michelle’s been the awkward one of the trio everyone has known that since Destiny’s Child took off back in the late 90s and into the 2000s. Back then no one cared and Michelle was never dogged on like she is now, which goes to show how much critical people are now in general since then. Leave her alone!

  • Diana

    Shannon, Michelle went to the same high school as me, same teachers and arts program but different years. It is kind of fun knowing someone from your high school made it big, I think her theatre work speaks more of where her strengths may be. She is such a Rockford girl, in my mind. :) That GIF is amazing… cracking up.

  • Dezden

    I love them all.. .can’t hate. GIF is funny though. But yeah… no biggie.