[INTRO PLAYING] SHERRI SHEPHERD: We will be
reading from “Soul Survivors,” the official autobiography
of Destiny’s Child. [APPLAUSE, LAUGHTER,
AND CHEERING] SHERRI SHEPHERD: I am Beyonce
Giselle Knowles. [LAUGHTER AND CHEERING] SHERRI SHEPHERD: The deal my
parents made before I was born was that my dad would pick my
middle name and my mom would pick my first name. [LAUGHTER] SHERRI SHEPHERD: Through
the years, I’ve grown to love it, Beyonce. [LAUGHTER] SHERRI SHEPHERD: I try to be
the best person I can be. But I’m not physically
a perfect specimen. [LAUGHTER] SHERRI SHEPHERD: I’m a singer
and a song writer. I’m not Cindy Crawford. [LAUGHTER] SHERRI SHEPHERD: I gain
weight in my thighs. I’m human. I hear remarks like,
Beyonce got fat. It’s tough having to
watch my weight. I don’t want to watch what I
eat at every meal, but it’s part of being a celebrity. I hired a personal trainer. They have no carb chocolate now,
which is saving my life. [LAUGHTER AND CHEERING] JACKIE HOFFMAN: I’m Kelly. I’ve always gone by the name
Kelly, even though it’s Kelendria on my birth
certificate. I might seem wild, but
I’m really sensitive. I can also be very moody when
it comes to clothes. I think I’m going through a
weird phase now where I’ll just wear little t-shirts
or tank tops and jeans. I like to slip on flip-flops or
a pair of cute tennis shoes unless it’s winter time. Having a cool bag is
important too. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] MARIO CANTONE: I’m Michelle. Some people may not know that
Tenitra is my real first name. That’s what I’ve been called
my entire life unless my mother was trying to
get my attention. Then I would hear,
Tenitra Michelle! [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] MARIO CANTONE: Or Tenitra
Michelle Williams! So when I come home to Rockford,
Illinois, I’m Tenitra again. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] SHERRI SHEPHERD: In person,
I don’t look as good as I do in my videos. That sometimes surprises fans. They see me somewhere with bags
under my eyes and say, ooh, she’s got bags! [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] SHERRI SHEPHERD: And
they’re not talking Louis Vuitton either. Or someone will make a comment
if I have a few zits across my forehead. Hey, I break out sometimes. Once in a while, I look
downright gross. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] JACKIE HOFFMAN: I have
a beautiful teacup Yorkie named Mohawk– he actually has a little
mohawk on his head– who won’t stop chewing
on my pillows. When I decided that I wanted a
dog and went pooch shopping, Beyonce said– SHERRI SHEPHERD: Mm, this dog
needs to be different. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] JACKIE HOFFMAN: That’s because
all the pets we’ve had have been absolutely nuts. MARIO CANTONE: We had a
kitty named Master P. SHERRI SHEPHERD: We also had
a rabbit named Asia. JACKIE HOFFMAN: And
she was nutty too. [LAUGHTER] MARIO CANTONE: The only people
who call me Michelle are the people who know me as part
of Destiny’s Child. JACKIE HOFFMAN: That’s right. MARIO CANTONE: Mm-hmm. [LAUGHTER] MARIO CANTONE: Even people who
I meet more than once get to know me as Michelle. And then I’ll tell them
my real first name. Tenitra. [LAUGHTER] MARIO CANTONE: Either
way, I’m cool. I’ll answer to both. So it doesn’t matter what I’m
called, Michelle, Tenitra, even my nickname, TT. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] MARIO CANTONE: In a way, I
feel like I’m two people, Michelle and Tenitra. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] SHERRI SHEPHERD: I’m never
satisfied, and I’m proud of that. I have been approached to write
songs for a few singers. I think it’s very important for
performers to write their own material because everyone’s vocabulary is different. For instance, if I
like something I might say, that’s tight. Whereas they would
say, that’s good. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] SHERRI SHEPHERD: Or they
might say, that sucks. And I will say, that’s whack. Everyone should value his
or her own voice. JACKIE HOFFMAN: The
older I get– The older I get, the more I
want to be loved and have someone in my life to
share things with. This can be a lonely business. That’s why I am so happy for
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. It’s so cute how they support
each other’s careers and make time for each other
in their lives. If Brittney is in the recording
studio, Justin will drop by for like five minutes
and surprise her. It’s those little minutes
that could mean so much. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] MARIO CANTONE: I don’t hang out
with many people who are in the industry. Lance Bass two-ways me every
now and then, and I’ll two-way him back– sometimes. SHERRI SHEPHERD: In the time
leading up to the next album we record as Destiny’s Child,
I know for a fact that everybody’s going to grow. Kelly and Michelle,
they are so shy. When I try to write songs
with them, they don’t have much to say. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] SHERRI SHEPHERD: I
don’t know why. Not everybody likes writing. It will be interesting. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] JACKIE HOFFMAN: We don’t
know what our next album will sound like. Basically, it will be a more
mature Destiny’s Child. I’m still trying to figure out
how to do my own album, so I’m constantly asking Beyonce
questions. She’s so wise. [LAUGHTER] JACKIE HOFFMAN: It’s
great that she will always give me advice. MARIO CANTONE: Kelly, and
Beyonce, and I are as tight as three unrelated people
can possibly be. [LAUGHTER] MARIO CANTONE: Sure, there
have been bumps. But we are in no way running
away from each other. Oh, I just got a two-way
from Lance Bass. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] SHERRI SHEPHERD: Beyonce– JACKIE HOFFMAN: Kelly– MARIO CANTONE: Michelle
and Tenitra– ALL SPEAKING: Destiny’s Child. [LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE,
AND CHEERING] [EXTRO PLAYING]