Kelly Rowland opens up in her new single, “Dirty Laundry,” admitting the hardships of being in Beyoncé’s shadow, and reveals that she was in an abusive relationship for a number of years.
In the opening verse, Rowland, 32, confesses that when Destiny’s Child broke up in 2002, after forming in 1990, she became bitter of her “sister” Beyoncé’s extraordinary success as a solo artist.
“When my sister was onstage killin’ it like a mutha/I was enraged feelin’ it like a mother/ Bird in a cage-you would never know what I was dealin’ with/ Went our separate ways but I was happy she was killin it/ Bittersweet she was up, I was down/ No lie I feel good for her but what do I do now?/ Forget the records, off the record I was goin’ thru some bull----/post-survivor she on fire who would wanna hear my bull--- Meanwhile this [expletive] puttin’ his hands on me/Swear y’all don’t know the half of this industry [sic].”
Rowland says she remained in an abusive relationship for years and hints that it was Beyoncé's encouraging words that helped her escape the domestic abuse.
Her boyfriend abused her not only physically but emotionally as well, telling the singer that no one loves her but him, especially not Beyoncé, whom she affectionately calls “Bey” in the new song. “He turned me against my sister, I missed ya [sic]” Rowland sings in the final verse.
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The emotional song is sure to strike a cord with fans, as Rowland is very private and not much has been known about her personal life.
“Dirty Laundry,” produced by The Dream, is going to be on her new album, “Talk A Good Game,” which debuts June 18.