Kelly Rowland takes a moment to shout out to her fans to always stand up for her.
During an interview Wednesday on Hot 97’s Ebro in the morning with Laura Stylez and RosenbergRowland was asked by Peter Rosenberg how it felt to be compared to Beyoncé inside and outside of Destiny’s Child.
“Anyone who gets into the entertainment business is out to be the man,” Rosenberg told Rowland. “It’s asking for an ego check, and you happen to be standing next to the brightest light on planet earth. You think Outkast’s Big Boi has a hard time being next to Andre ? You’re with Beyoncé, and not only didn’t you fight her, but it seems like you really embraced the position you were in and took it seriously.
Rowland had the perfect answer, telling Rosenberg, “Here’s the thing. Light attracts light. I’m light, so I’m a nice bright brown light, so I don’t think anyone’s light dims anyone else’s. I think when other people start comparing you, I think that’s when it shows you how weak they are on their own. So I don’t have someone else trying to dim my light for someone else anymore. I love Bey, I know she’s a light, but I know I’m a light too.
Rosenberg added, “It also created such an interesting role for you. You could have rested on your laurels and just said to yourself, “Hey, I’m part of this iconic group. My best friend is the biggest star in the world. We kick it, we’re awesome. ‘”
“And his The best friend-slash-sister is also one of the biggest stars in the world. People only see things from one side … we both shine together,” Rowland replied, explaining that there is a place for several black women at the top of the game. “Now everyone is starting to take the shot and start believing this thing where…” Only one woman can do that and they shine the brightest. My sister has been kicking down doors and creating positions for so many women who look like her who are of a deeper hue than her but specifically for black women and have placed black women in other places for which we are grateful. But also someone else did it for her, and another band did it for us. And I do it for other brunette girls, so it’s a cycle and a space for all of us to open doors for each other instead of comparing each other. Don’t be so limited.
After the interview, Rosenberg faced several negative comments via social media about her questions to Rowland, with many pointing to the singer’s talents outside of being in a band alongside Beyoncé. Once Rowland caught wind of her fans defending her online, she tweeted Thursday (November 17): “Have the most amazing day Twitterville!!! Thank you all for your love and support! I know you will support me! And it made me do a happy dance this morning! Let me see your happy dance!! Here’s mine!”
Rosenberg then tweeted a personal apology to Rowland for his words on the program. “I screwed up. Sorry @KELLYROWLAND…wasn’t remotely my intention but intentions don’t always matter. I’ll take the L,” he wrote, adding that he “still [be] play Nelly and Kelly at my wedding.
Watch Rowland’s interview on Ebro in the morning with Laura Stylez and Rosenberg in the video above, and see related tweets below.