Thus far, 2013 has been Kelly Rowland’s busiest year in many, from her surprise appearance at the Beyonce Super Bowl halftime show to the upcoming release of her new album, Talk a Good Game. Rowland recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss the rebirth of Destiny’s Child, defend Michelle Williams and contemplate her evolution as a solo artist. Here are the highlights from the interview:
On Keyshia Cole’s comments about Michelle Williams being the “weak link” of the Super Bowl performance
It didn’t even make it on my radar until other people brought it up. It didn’t even matter. We had a wonderful performance, and that’s all I cared about. I was with my sisters and the three of us matter to each other, and that’s all that counts. We matter to a lot more people, with all due respect, than her. So, I really don’t care what she said.
On Beyonce’s HBO documentary
I have [seen it], and I really like it. I think it’s really important. That way, you look back and see how far you’ve really come. For now, I’m gonna keep it private just for me.
On Talk a Good Game, her most honest album yet
[First single] “Kisses Down Low” is just a piece of the story of Talk a Good Game. I’m really honest on this album….Even the title track is about relationships – the ins, the outs – all the interesting moments of relationships. I’m really ready for people to hear this album. It’s kind of hard to keep it to myself.
On the meaning of “Dirty Laundry,” another track off the album
It’s the first time I’ve been so stripped away and naked. I had help with that, and that help was the-Dream. I was in the studio with Dream and he said, “I just want you to get deeper. The people want more. They want to be led into your life and know more about you.” And I said, “Oh, God!” It’s really nervous, because you don’t know what people are going to say. In this moment, I really don’t care.
*Note: Dream is also producing Beyonce’s new record.
On her aspirations of becoming a fashion designer
I always draw something in my tablet that I carry and I always have ideas on accessories, on what I would change or [how I would] hook certain things up. I want it to be affordable but luxurious, that every woman can have and feel sexy and fly in. I’m working on it. I’m headed to L.A. now to make sure of that. Early, early talks and early stages, but yeah, I’m a grown woman now, and it’s time to do grown-woman things.
I wonder if she will consult Tina Knowles and the House of Dereon for inspiration?