Kelly Rowland on Having The ‘X’ Factor; “I Had to Learn My Strength”


For the September 2013 issue of Essence magazine, the beautiful Kelly Rowland was the cover girl and the only thing better than her being on the cover, was the story on the inside of the magazine.

Inside of the issue, Kelly talked about everything from her latest album Talk A Good Game to her judging gig on The X Factor.

On being a judge on The X Factor:

I was 12 years old when I got into the music business. Getting constructive criticism is just the way they entertainment industry is. I have listened to what a whole bunch of people have had to say — good or bad — about me, whether it’s the way I look or about an album or who I’m friends with. I’m supposed to give that knowledge away. I don’t think God sends you through all that for you to keep it to yourself. That said, I also want people to have fun and enjoy watching the show. And if that means slurping to tell somebody to be quiet, then awesome. (She proceeded to slurp her drink from her cup instead of commenting after a contestant  ruined Celine Dion’s “Power of Love.”)

On her conflicting feelings of being happy for Beyonce:

You get in your early twenties to mess up. And for a long time I wasn’t happy, but that had nothing to do with Beyonce. That had to do with me trying to get my life in order and make better decisions for myself. I’m seeing all these wonderful things happened for her and I am happy for her. But I want a path. I want things to pop off for me, too. Not on her level but whatever my level is supposed to be.

On why she decided to live & stay overseas:

I had singles that were working over there. And ’cause…I kind of felt like the States wasn’t showing me no love, to be completely honest. I was over there hustling and grinding. I had bills to take care of.

On why she decided to share her true feelings:

I used to be afraid to share my true feelings ’cause I didn’t want anybody to judge me. But now I don’t care. Judge me if you want to. And as a matter of fact, it won’t even count, ’cause the only person who can judge is God. I don’t care anymore. I don’t.

Inspirational story. I personally  enjoy Kelly’s music and I appreciate the honesty and the vulnerability that she showed us all. A lot of times, we as ‘regular people’ forget that celebrities are really just ‘regular people’ too, just on a slightly elevated level. But as regular people, we all deal with the same things. We all hurt. We all cry. We all bleed the same. And it is nice to be reminded that celebrities too are just as vulnerable as we are at times, and when they show us that they are relatable, and that’s important.


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