In May, Kelly Rowland broke down into tears while performing her song “Dirty Laundry” from her new album “Talk A Good Game,” which features lyrics about her Destiny’s Child band mate Beyoncé and her struggles to survive in her shadow.
Now, the 32-year-old solo artist is explaining what exactly went on behind closed doors in the girl group, consisting of Rowland, Beyoncé, and Michelle Williams.
"[Jealousy] is the only thing [people] can think of when they think of myself, or Michelle, or B," Rowland told HuffPost Live on June 25. "We're all in a group together and we're so used to hearing that, but those are my girls. I love them to death. We're stuck with each other for life."
She later added, “[People] want there to be some sort of rivalry, and once again that's people making stuff up. [Beyoncé and I] shared a room together, we grew up together... We grew up together. That's my sister, I love her to death."
In “Dirty Laundry,” Rowland sings lyrics like, “When my sister was on stage / Killing it like a mother f--ker / I was in a rage / Feeling it like a motherf---er…Post-'Survivor,' she on fire / Who wanna hear my bulls---?"
Billboard reports that the tune, which was produced by The-Dream, reflects the period of Rowland's life after her first album as a solo artist, 2002's "Simply Deep."
"It was very emotional,” the singer told the magazine in May. “It took me days to record. I had to get past being so upset and actually sing the song, not sob through it. I always hope that my music can inspire someone, the same way other artists inspire me. Dream said, 'I want to write you a record so that people will know exactly who you are, underneath it all.'"
After letting her band mate hear the song, Rowland revealed Beyoncé’s reaction to the track, telling Washington radio station 93.9 WKYS, “She heard how real I was and was like 'I'm so proud of you.'"
Last week, the songstress premiered two teaser clips for the music video for “Dirty Laundry,” which also references instances of domestic abuse in Rowland’s past. Check out Part 1 below and head here for Part 2.