What type of impact did the Destiny’s Child break up have on you both personally and professionally?
The first year after everything happened was hard. I wasn’t able to be around my sisters anymore. We were together from eight until almost nineteen years old and thats a long time to be with somebody. It seemed messy in public, but really it was all about management. It didn’t have anything to do with us. The divide for me had nothing to do with [Beyoncé and Kelly] it was solely about management issues. I will forever be thankful for the group because it was one of the best parts of my life. I got to see the world by the time I was eighteen and I got to spend it with my childhood best friend. I believe in God and destiny so I have to say being replaced was one of the best things to happen to me. That path lead me to being the woman I am today perfectly.
If you could go back, would you do anything differently as far as the way you dealt with that situation so publicly?
The only thing that I can say that I would have done differently is that I would have been more vocal with my sisters privately because it was just a strict deal with management, but I truly believe that God has a way of making things happen and I believe that it happened exactly the way that it was supposed to.
It seems like all of the women have moved on from that. What was that moment of reconciliation like for you with Beyoncé and Kelly?
I saw Beyoncé [in 2003] and we hugged and we told each other we love each other and I’ve spoken to Kelly. We’re all grown women. Two of us are mothers, Kelly is engaged. LeToya was at my baby shower. We were children when that happened. I have the utmost respect for all the girls and their careers.
In the ***Flawless video from Beyoncé‘s new album, there’s a clip of you girls performing on Star Search under the name Girls Tyme. You guys actually lost. Do you remember that moment and what did you take from that experience?
Oh yes, we were crushed! We went straight back stage and we cried like babies for hours. We were like ‘how did we lose?’ But we got back up and we got back into the rehearsal space and we just started grinding harder.
How did you feel when Bey gave you a shout out at the Billboard Awards when she won her Millennium award in 2011? That was such a huge moment for all of us who were original DC fans.
I loved the performance. I was sitting at my mother’s house in the chair in the living room and when she said it, I got a little teary eyed and I was like ‘I love you too girl!’ It was awesome.
If there was a movie done about the story of Destiny’s Child, who would you want to play you?
Oh my gosh. I just would want whoever it is to actually capture me. The raw me and who I truly am. As long as I am portrayed right, I wouldn’t mind who it is.
If the opportunity presented itself, would you be open to sharing the stage with Beyoncé, Kelly and LeToya again? For a reunion of sorts..
It has been in the brewing pot. I’ve been hearing people say things and I’ve been seeing people post pictures of us together but at this point, I believe anything is possible.
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