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Kelly Rowland addresses texting Nelly on Excel in 'Dilemma' music video: 'They made me look nuts'

She joked that she's "mad" that no one told her the iconic scene looked absurd when the 2002 single was released.

Kelly Rowland's iconic text to Nelly via Microsoft Excel has sat in digital limbo in their "Dilemma" video for 22 years — until now.

The former Destiny's Child singer addressed the video's iconic scene — which has become a recurring meme on social media — when she writes to the rapper on her cell phone using the spreadsheet application, which is not, in fact, a messaging service.

"Do you know how much flak I get from that?" Rowland told Mythical Kitchen in a recent interview. "I’m so used to it now."

When asked if anyone noted the scene's inaccuracy on the set of the Benny Boom–directed video, Rowland confirmed that nobody had any feedback on what would become a lovingly lampooned moment in early-aughts pop culture history.

<p>Nelly/YouTube (2)</p> Kelly Rowland addressed texting Nelly on Excel in the 'Dilemma' music video

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Kelly Rowland addressed texting Nelly on Excel in the 'Dilemma' music video

"I’m actually mad at them that they didn’t because they made me look nuts," Rowland said, laughing.

Rowland added that the moment doesn't even make sense in the video's narrative, in which her character grows frustrated that Nelly doesn't immediately respond to her text.

"What did you expect?" she asks, looking toward the camera but addressing herself. "It’s just a draft, my dear."

Though the scene has become a fan-favorite talking point, "Dilemma" was a serious success when Rowland kicked off her solo music career. The single — lifted from Nelly's Nellyville album — peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. charts, becoming the biggest song of Rowland's career without Destiny's Child backing her.

Watch Rowland look back at texting Nelly on Excel in the interview above.

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