It seems like fate has once again taken its toll on the platinum-plus R&B girl group Destiny's Child.
Some five months after she and Michelle Williams replaced LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson in February, Farrah Franklin has officially left Destiny's Child.
The group's record label, Columbia Records, would not reveal the reasons for the move, but confirmed the lineup change, saying, "Destiny's Child and Farrah Franklin have parted ways. The group will continue as a trio for the time being with original members Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland and new member Michelle Williams."
Prior to the announcement, MTV caught up with Destiny's Child while the group was on its way to a show in George, Washington, and the road appeared to be taking its toll on Franklin.
I went to the hospital yesterday for dehydration and a stomach flu, so I'm trying to get through this day. But I still can't wait to perform. That's the best thing out of everything. That's where I get my energy from, is performing." [RealVideo]
Franklin did not wind up performing at the George show.
The remaining members of Destiny's Child were on their way to Australia at press time and were unavailable for comment. The trio will hit the road with Christina Aguilera starting July 31 in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
Tune in to MTV on Friday, July 21 at 4:30 p.m. (ET) for "All Access: Destiny's Child," a behind-the-scenes tour special featuring the full DC lineup before Farrah Franklin's departure.
Check out "Destiny's Child: Then And Now" for in-depth interviews with the members of the group at the time of the first lineup change, and look out for a recent interview with the group's Beyoncé in "Destiny's
Child: What's Their Destiny?" a MTV News Online feature debuting on Friday right here on MTV.com.