Destiny Fulfilled, Trio Breaks Up

Destiny's Child (l-r) Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams hold Grammy awards
Staying together was not part of Destiny's Child's destiny — the multiplatinum group is splitting up.

In a statement released to MTV News, the trio of Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams announced plans to disband after their world tour ends in the fall.

"We have been working together as Destiny's Child since we were 9, and touring together since we were 14. After a lot of discussion and some deep soul-searching, we realized that our current tour has given us the opportunity to leave Destiny's Child on a high note, united in our friendship and filled with an overwhelming gratitude for our music, our fans, and each other," the statement said.

The group was unavailable for comment Monday, but a representative said another statement would be released later in the day.

The breakup of the girl group formed in Houston, which first debuted as a teenage R&B foursome in 1997, isn't much of a shocker. Many critics didn't expect the group to exist at all after the multiplatinum solo debut of Beyonce in 2003. Her album, "Dangerously In Love," won five Grammys and solidified her as a one-name superstar apart from the group.

And the title of Destiny's Child's latest album — "Destiny Fulfilled" — appeared to signal the end was near.

In an interview with The Associated Press in November, the women were noncommittal when asked about their future.