When you write a song that mentions Beyoncé, it’s bound to get traction. Even more so when you’re one of Bey’s best friends and the song talks about living in her shadow. (Sample lyric: “Post-‘Survivor’, she on fire, who wanna hear my bulls****?”)

But Kelly Rowland’s track “Dirty Laundry,” off of her new album out this week, Talk A Good Game, wasn’t meant to fuel the tabloids. She just wanted to be honest — something she hadn’t always had a chance to be in the decade since her solo debut, Simply Deep, came out.

“Dirty Laundry” started out as a conversation between Rowland and The-Dream where the two just talked about a few things she wanted to get off her chest, specifically an abusive boyfriend. Of course, when it came to the album as a whole, there were other things she also wanted to cover. “I had a lot to say this album,” Rowland said with a smile.

But she isn’t looking for your pity. Instead, “Dirty Laundry” was a way to move on from the pain and help other women move on, too.

“It’s OK to express and share your story because you don’t know what other people are going through,” Rowland told Radio.com. “You never know who you’re touching. Not only is it fun and it feels good to hear. But it also can be a testimony. It can be healing.”

Watch the interview and read more on Radio.com.


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