Kelly Rowland shocked the world when she released her super transparent track, “Dirty Laundry,”
highlighting a time in her life where she resented her former Destiny’s Child group member Beyoncé and was suffering in an abusive relationship. The song came alive even more during a recent performance when the 32-year-old singer-actress broke down emotionally in the middle of performing the popular track. In an interview with 93.9 WKYS, Rowland opened up about the tearful performance and Bey’s reaction when she first played the song for her. Check out some of what she had to say below.
On getting emotional during the performance:
“It’s really weird when you take yourself in front of a crowd. Even in that moment of when I put my feet up, I felt like I was in therapy. I was singing and talking about what happened, and for a moment, it was like that crowd wasn’t even there. And then when the music stopped…I was like ‘You are live Kel. Calm down.’ And I had to calm down, and then I had to breathe. You get lost…and it’s nothing wrong with getting lost. But that was weird. I felt like I could do that with D.C. “
On deciding to put “Dirty Laundry” on the album:
“I didn’t know if I wanted to put it on the album because it was just so much. It was a form of therapy. I feel like everybody has their version of their dirty laundry. I think it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It shouldn’t be anything that makes you feel less than. You’re supposed to learn and you’re supposed to grow from it they way I did. “
On Bey’s reaction to “Dirty Laundry:”
“It was the place that I was in…I was so young. My head was completely gone. That’s what happened with my sister. What matters to me most is what we have. I’m so grateful for what we have as sisters…away from Destiny’s Child. I played it for her [Beyonce] and Michelle. Her [Beyonce] reaction was endearing. She said, ‘I never left.’ It was so sweet and I was just like, ‘Oh my God.’ It was real. She heard how real I was and she was just like, ‘I’m so proud of you.'”
On her new X Factor gig:
“Yes. I’m doing X Factor. When I did it in the UK…I really enjoyed that process. I enjoyed the auditioning process, I enjoy watching the artists’ development. Because I went through that phase. And you want to be there….You want to be a voice of reason or knowledge. I think it’s important to be honest and give constructive criticism. I’m not a dream crusher. “
On Talk a Good Game:
“The album takes you on a journey through my thoughts. It’s me being very open…which for a second, was a little hard on certain songs. I remember for “Dirty Laundry”, I was saying I didn’t want to put that on the album. It was a form of therapy. You’re supposed to grow and learn from it.”
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