The People’s Champ of Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland, became so overwhelmed singing “Dirty Laundry,” her new power ballad exposing her jealousy of best friend Beyoncé and a tumultuous history of domestic violence, that she broke down in tears while supportive fans cheered her through the emotionally-charged moment.
Performing at the Fillmore Silver Spring in Washington D.C. on Sunday, May 26, the video shows Rowland sitting casually in a chair, wearing jean shorts, black top and black boots. The “Motivation” singer’s voice vibrated with pain as she sang the following lyrics:
While my sister was on stage, killing it like a motherf**ker
I was enraged, feeling it like a motherf**ker
Bird in a cage, you would never know what I was dealing with
Went out separate ways, but I was happy she was killing 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 going through some bullsh*t
Post-survivor, she on fire, who wanna hear my bullsh*t?
The enraptured crowd was heavily engaged in Rowland’s vulnerable, raw performance and she was clearly in her zone — both artistically and personally. When she collapsed into tears after singing the following lyrics, they erupted into supportive cheers:
So here I am in the spin cycle
We’re comin and we’re goin
Nobody can know this
And I was trapped in his house, lyin’ to my mama
Thought it could get no worse as we maximize the drama
Started to call them people on him
I was battered
He hittin the window like it was me, until it shattered
He pulled me out, he said, “Don’t nobody love you but me
Not your mama, not your daddy and especially not Bey”
He turned me against my sister
Watch the emotional clip below:
After Rowland wiped away her tears, she reminded the crowd that she had nothing but love for Bey:
“I am so grateful to God that I have my girls to back me up,” said Rowland said in a tone that allowed no room for argument.
“Dirty Laundry” appears on Rowland’s upcoming album, “Talk A Good Game.” The second single, “You’ve Changed,” a collaboration between Rowland, Beyonce and Michelle Williams, was leaked today.
Hear it below:
Kelly Rowland should be applauded for speaking out about her experience with domestic violence. According to the US Dept. of Justice, “African-American women experience significantly more domestic violence than White women in the age group of 20-24. Generally, Black women experience similar levels of intimate partner victimization in all other age categories as compared to White women, but experience slightly more domestic violence.”
The number one cause of death for African American women ages 15-34 according to the American Bar Association is homicide at the hands of a partner.
Rowland just may save a life by speaking out and we are proud of her bravery.
[Editor's Note: If you or someone you love is experiencing domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224. You can also visit their website: Thehotline.org.]