KELLY ROWLAND has revealed that she was jealous of Beyoncé’s success following the break-up of Destiny’s Child in new single Dirty Laundry.
As the track name suggests, Rowland, who also admits that she was once in a physically abusive relationship, opens up about her struggles in the limelight and in life.
She sings: “When my sister was onstage, killing it like a motherf***er / I was enraged, feeling it like a motherf***er”.
If it wasn’t clear that that “sister” is Kelly’s former Destiny’s Child comrade, she makes it perfectly clear when she refers to Bey’s rapid rise to fame after the Destiny’s Child 2001 album, Survivor.
“Post-Survivor she’s on fire, but who wants to hear my bulls**t? Meanwhile this n***a is putting his hands on me / I swear y’all don’t know the half of this industry.”
She then goes into great detail about the physical and mental abuse she suffered in a past relationship.
“I was battered. He’s hitting the window like it was me, until it shattered,” she went on.
“He pulled me out and said don’t nobody love you but me, not your momma not your daddy and especially not Bey/ He turned me against my sister, I missed Ya.”
It is unclear what relationship she is referring to, but Rowland’s ex-fiancé Roy Williams was quick to deny he was the man in question.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “So Kelly has a new song. Called #DirtyLaundry… & what ever she’s saying in it ppl thinks it’s me. #wow #imnottheonlypersonshedated #wasntme”
A host of celebrities have congratulated the 32-year-old on her brutal honesty following the release of the track online today (May 15).
UK singer Alexandra Burke wrote: “@KELLYROWLAND ‘Dirty Laundry’ Honest .. Mad respect for this one right here ! #VeryProud x”
Actress Gabrielle Union added: “LOVE LOVE LOVE! #DirtyLaundry is a game changer… Go head girl @KellyRowland
Rowland, who has admitted that the song, produced by The Dream, took her “days to record” because of the emotion it conjured up, told Billboard that her main goal for the candid song was to inspire fans.
“It was very emotional. It took me days to record,” she told the magazine. “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,” she said.
Former Sister Sister star Jackée Harry wrote: S/O to the beautiful @KELLYROWLAND, who will help so many young ladies going through similar struggles referenced on #DirtyLaundry”.