Destiny's Child have announced that they're splitting after their U.S. tour. The group say that the news was something they had planned even as they were making their fifth and final album. "It's not a coincidence that the album is called Destiny Fulfilled," Beyoncé Knowles revealed.

Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams talked about the different directions they wanted to take with their various solo projects — musical and otherwise — while they were in the studio, and realized that they could never really pursue those interests and remain a group, too. So they ultimately came to the decision that if they were to break up, they should do it while they were on top — and more importantly, while they were still friends.

 "It's not our last record because one of us wants to go solo, or because we don't get along or because we don't like each other anymore, or because of cattiness," Knowles said. "It's because it's the end of this chapter in our lives. We've been doing this for 14 years now, and our destinies have been fulfilled."