Following a tearful performance of her current single “Dirty Laundry,” Kelly Rowland stopped by D.C.’s 93.9 WKYS radio station to explain the onstage breakdown and what Beyoncé thought of the transparent record.
“In that moment, even the way I just sat up there and put my feet up, I felt like I was in therapy,” she says of her intimate show at Fillmore this past Sunday (May 26). “It was like that crowd wasn’t even there for a second, and when the music stopped… I was like, ‘You are live, Kell, Calm down.’ I had to calm down, and in the moment I was like, ‘Ok. Ugh, Breathe!’ I was sitting up there breathing and I was like, ‘Ok, don’t break down now.’ You get lost, and there’s nothing wrong with being lost, but that was weird. That won’t happen again. It’s very weird when that happens, but I felt like I could do that with D.C.”
The cocoa-skinned chanteuse could also be vulnerable with her former band mates Beyoncé, who was referenced on the emotional track (the one not about her football player ex), and Michelle Williams. “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 [“Dirty Laundry”] for her and Michelle. Beyoncé said, “I never left.”
Kelly’s support system rekindled their musical chemistry for “You Changed,” the second single from her forthcoming album Talk A Good Game due June 18.
Watch the full interview above.