LaTavia Roberson Worked At A Record Store After Destiny’s Child: “I Still Had To Feed My Family”
People are still talking about Geoffrey Owens being shamed for working at Trader Joe’s, the upheaval of support he’s received since, the chance he’s had to tell his story, and even the opportunity he’s obtained to work, in some way, on Tyler Perry’s show The Haves and the Have Nots.
By opening up and sharing his story, surprisingly, a number of other people felt compelled to do so as well. Many a notable figure let people know the jobs they did when the work in entertainment wasn’t so steady and bills needed to be paid. That includes LaTavia Roberson. She started her career in music as a kid with Girl’s Tyme and the ladies of Destiny’s Child. But when she and fellow group member LeToya Luckett were removed from the latter group in 2000, she had to figure out how to make money. She tried to join another group, and even record her own solo music, but it wasn’t easy. So she revealed, on Twitter when speaking on the Geoffrey Owens situation, that she worked at a record store in Houston and had to deal with people coming by and recognizing her.
Roberson had some luck after the fact doing stage plays and even appearing on the TV One series R&B Divas: Atlanta for a short time. She also does public speaking now, recently talking at the Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo in June.
Despite the success of her former group mates, and her struggles, Roberson has made it clear that she’s in no way bitter.
“Maybe when I was younger I may have thought ‘Oh my gosh, could I have changed anything?’ But now that I’m older and now that I have my daughter, I think back and I say, no matter how hard things have been for me over the past 10 years and me coming out and me feeling like I have victory, I think that I was supposed to go through those things for a reason,” she said in 2014. “As hard as it was, I have to say I wouldn’t change anything.”