As some of you may know, singer Kelly Rowland and her manager, Devyne Stephens, parted ways last week. According to an industry insider, Kelly's boyfriend, Tim Weatherspoon, made her fire Devyne.
It seems that Weatherspoon (pictured at right and below with her) didn't get along with Devyne, who celebrated his 40th birthday in grand style last night in Atlanta (more on that later).
"Tim was co-managing Kelly with Devyne," said my source. "If you notice, he's always in pictures with her. A lot of people may not know [he's her boyfriend] because he's more like an average Joe. He's not well-known. But she really loves him."
Kelly has been riding a wave of newfound fame fueled by her #1 hit single, "Motivation", featuring Lil Wayne. Although she is a superstar in the U.K., Kelly wasn't as popular here in the states as she was when she sang backup for Beyoncé in Destiny's Child.
Industry insiders believe Kelly Rowland's renewed popularity in the U.S. is the reason why her boyfriend pushed for Kelly to dump Devyne.
"He wants them to be like Jay Z and Beyonce," said my source, who believes "a little jealousy" may have precipitated Tim's decision.
"That's a battle that Devyne couldn't fight," he said. "He can't go up against that. [Tim] is with Kelly everyday. They sleep together, etcetera."
This is all news to me. I thought Kelly was dating a white man. But, according to my rock solid source, Kelly and Tim have been together for a couple of years. They share a home together in Los Angeles.
Weatherspoon is listed as a producer on Michelle Williams' 2004 CD, Do You Know.
More on this story as it develops...