Kelly Rowland and The-Dream kicked off their summer tour this week, and on the "Where Have You Been," singers' first stop in DC, Kelly broke down while singing her emotional new hit, "Dirty Laundry." Kelly stopped by DC's 93.9 WKYS radio to Monday night to talk about her tearful performance, Beyonce's response to "Dirty Laundry," and more.
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Kelly and The-Dream linked to co-write the track, which exposed Kelly's past abusive relationship, and revealed Kelly's insecurities, and jealousy towards sister Destiny's Child front woman Beyonce's success. Kelly sings, "While my sister was on stage, killing it like a motherf-cker, I was enraged, feeling it like a motherf-cker/ Bird in a cage, you would never know what I was dealing with." Read the rest to find out Beyonce's response to the intimate song.
Here are the highlights of the interview via The YBF:
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.
On what Beyonce thought of "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 ("Dirty Laundry") for her and Michelle. Beyonce said, "I never left".
On breaking down during "Dirty Laundry:"
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 being empowered sexually through song:
I felt empowered. And the first time I had a moment like that was with Rico Love ("Motivation)". Singing the song just made you feel womanly.
On signing to "X-Factor:"
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.
Watch the full Kelly Rowland interview here:
In other Kelly news, the starlet will be taking the Good Morning America stage in Central Park June 19th, a day after the release of Talk A Good Game.