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After ten years out of the spotlight, former Destiny’s Child singer LaTavia Roberson is finally speaking her truth. The “R&B Divas: Atlanta” star recently sat down with theGrio, where she discussed her departure from Destiny’s Child, if she has any regrets about leaving the group and those pesky skin bleaching rumors. Check out some highlights from her interview below.

On skin bleaching rumors:

“People running around talking about I bleach my skin [laughs]. You know, I don’t know if it’s the blonde hair. But what a lot of people don’t know is that I used to—I’m a big, big, big, huge fan of tanning. I love to tan because I love the sun. I love the water. And once my mother got diagnosed with breast cancer—it was something that we used to do together—I definitely stepped back from that and I don’t tan as much.”

On people thinking she’s bitter about Destiny’s Child:

“One of the biggest misconceptions that I think people have about me is that I’m bitter about what happened with Destiny’s Child—and even that I’m bitter towards Mathew—it’s not that. It was business, totally. I would never trade anything in my life for my experience and my time with Destiny’s Child… ever, ever, ever in my life.”

On joining Destiny’s Child:

“I was in the group that became Destiny’s Child, but what a lot of people don’t know is that I was 7 years old when I tried out for the group. It was an open audition. That was the day that I met Beyoncé.

“I met Kelly in elementary school. She was in the 5th grade, I was in the 4th grade and that was about five years later after we did those auditions. Then another year later, Beyoncé met LeToya in school and then it became us four.”

On having regrets about leaving the group:

“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. As hard as it was, I have to say I wouldn’t change anything.”

Watch LaTavia’s interview below. Thoughts?

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