LeToya Luckett got personal with her fans during a recent Livestream session on Sunday, Aug. 30. The “T.I. & Tiny’s: Friends Family Hustle” star revealed that she was once homeless and slept in her car following her exit from Destiny’s Child.
What started as just a “checking in” with her fans Sunday evening soon turned into an hour-long discussion and moment of transparency for the songstress. While speaking with one of her supporters, the topic of pursuing a career dream arose. “How did you continue pursuing your purpose even after the disappointment of [Destiny’s Child],” the fan asked. Luckett was one of the four founding members of Destiny’s Child with Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and LaTavia Roberson. She was released from the group in 2000.
Luckett disclosed that one of her weakest moments happened after she was let go from the girl group. “I’m not gonna lie to you, after DC, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was about 18 years old. I hadn’t live as a normal teenager. I hadn’t gone to college. Even coming out of that, I wasn’t the most secure person because I was so used to having a ‘team’ mentality to think of going out on my own was terrifying,” the songstress admitted.
The reality star revealed that her firing took a significant toll on her confidence. “The thought of singing made me angry. I didn’t believe I had a voice. I didn’t believe I could sing. I didn’t believe I could return to the music industry. Make a long story short, after surrendering and getting to know God on a whole ’nother level … I learned to surrender, get out of my own way, stop living in fear and allow him to direct my path.”
Luckett dove further into that period of her life, which she said she’s never spoken about publicly. “During my journey I was staying at people’s house,” Luckett explained. She continued, tearfully, “I slept in a car in L.A. while I was making my first album. Not a lot of nights, but you know what I’m saying? I was drinking a gallon of water and buying the microwavable oodles of noodles.”
Still, the 39-year-old expressed how grateful she was for that turning point in her life and that she was able to share her story with her fans. “It was a lot, but I was uncomfortable for a minute,” she said. “You have to be willing to take a step back and be OK with being uncomfortable. You have to.” Check out the full conversation video below.
Six years after her departure from the group, Luckett released her debut album “LeToya” on July 25, 2006. The 14-track album received a mostly positive reception from music critics and debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The project went platinum in December of that same year.