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Michelle Williams recently received some encouragement from legendary singer Gladys Knight following some social media scrutiny.
Williams, the 33-year-old former Destiny's child member, became a trending topic on the social media network when people created the phrase "#poormichelle." With the hashtag came a plethora of people who pointed out moments when group members Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland seemed to treat Williams in an inferior manner.
While Rowland and Knowles have previously called Williams their "sister," the latter seemed to rise above the scrutiny. Knight, the legendary veteran singer, took to her own Twitter account to honor Williams with kind words.
"2words: Michelle Williams. A beautiful, talented, & resilient woman," Knight tweeted. "@RealMichelleW When hate tears down, God sends love to rebuild! #Knight."
When Williams caught wind of the comments, she seemed excited.
"You NEVER know who's watching!! Was not expecting this," Williams tweeted. "I love you @msgladysknight!!"
After a number of people uploaded images of Williams and her former group members in different scenarios with the intention of joking about the singer, she took the jokes in stride.
"#PoorMichelle that's not what my accountant said," the Christian singer tweeted. "Y'all be blessed now."
She followed up by writing "for every action, there's a graceful reaction."
In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Williams spoke about advising her 25-year-old self about being ok with not fitting in.
"It's OK to be yourself. It's OK to be odd. It's OK to not fit in," Williams told the publication. "If there is something different about you, embrace that."
Still, Williams admitted that she is working on not paying so much attention to the opinions of others.
"My album is titled 'Journey To Freedom,' and one of the things I want to get free from is -- and I'm getting better at it -- the opinions of other people," Williams told The Huffington Post. "You want people to like your music, you want people to like what you said in the interview, you want people to like everything. You don't want them to have negative or bad opinions of you."