Kelly Rowland opens up about why she left her church for Destiny’s Child: ‘I didn’t care’

Francis Akhalbey March 16, 2021
Kelly Rowland said she left her church over issues with her doing secular music with Destiny's child -- Photo via @kellyrowland on Instagram

Kelly Rowland recently revealed she had to part ways with her church after some “saints” took an issue with her decision to venture into secular music with Destiny’s Child during the group’s formative years back home in Houston.

The 40-year-old singer reflected on that particular issue during an interview on the Good Words with Kirk Franklin podcast, saying the cold shoulder she received caused her to move to another church that took no issue with her career direction and choice and supported her throughout.

“The saints there didn’t quite…the saints didn’t really take to the fact that I was going to be singing this secular music. I was like, that’s cool, and found me another church that I wanted to go to that did not care. And that’s what happened with that,” she said, according to MadameNoire.

“I’ve never been that girl that — that doesn’t work for you, that’s fine. And I was just happier at this other space and at this space that was really pushing myself and the ladies along and praying for us when we left, and praying to make sure that we got back safely, and praying whatever we’re going to this new place for that it works out in our favor. It was all of that.”

And though the Motivation singer said she was chasing her dreams at that time and did not care about what the members thought, she said the hostility that was also extended to her mother “really sucked.”

“I didn’t need to hear the other judgmental side of that. I was not about that. I didn’t care. I was chasing a dream and it felt right to me in my gut. I wasn’t going to jeopardize my faith or anything else for that,” she said. “And my mom catching the brunt of that, that really sucked. I think at the beginning it was like, ‘oh this is cute, we’ll see how far they get.’ Now when them checks start rolling in…[laughs].”

Looking back at what has been a truly successful career for Rowland both as a member of the award-winning group and as a solo musician, we can say she most definitely made the right decision.

Also during the sit-down with the gospel musician, Rowland touched on why she is more of a person of faith as compared to being religious and explained how her belief in the former has propelled her life.

“I believe in God, I believe in Jesus, I believe in faith more than I do religion,” she said. “I think it’s more so faith to me because it’s such a personal walk … and it’s carried me. It’s made me the woman that I am. It’s making me the mother that I am. It’s continuing to make me the woman that I am. It’s teaching me how to be a wife. It’s continuously stretching me and keeping me in uncomfortable positions to where it makes me better.”

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: March 16, 2021


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