LaTavia Roberson Isn’t Bitter About Destiny’s Child
It’s been 17 years since LaTavia Roberson was booted from Destiny’s Child and she’s still fighting rumors that accuse her of being bitter about it.
The singer and mother is prepping the release of her memoir, “I Am LaTavia,” and docu-series that will allow her to tell her own good, bad, and ugly.
In an exclusive interview with Billboard, LaTavia Roberson, opened up about her new projects, the loss of her daughter, and why she isn’t the bitter ex-Destiny’s Child member.
You have a memoir coming out. What will it cover?
My life, and being transparent about the times nobody saw me after Destiny’s Child. A lot of people were wondering what was going on with me, and I thought that it was fair to let them know exactly what I was going through, and speak about my life in the group. It was something I always wanted to do. To piggyback that, I had been in talks with a production company to start a docuseries based on my book, which I’m very excited to be the Executive Producer of.
It isn’t out yet, so is there a sneak peek you can give?
After Destiny’s Child, I’ve gone through so much life. Things I never thought I’d deal with. I heard rumors about me, but I’d rather you hear the good, bad or ugly out of the horse’s mouth. I had a great career in Destiny’s Child, but outside of that I’ve dealt with substance abuse, molestation and a lot of sticky situations that I would never wish on any of the girls I had my career with. I’m proud to say those things, because my adversity has made me who I am.
After the group ended, I had a lot of time to myself, and I took the wrong direction, but I learned from my mistakes. At the end of the day, are they really mistakes? I’ve had my daughter and, unfortunately, I’ve lost a daughter. I just like to do things that make me feel good, and I like to give back to the community.
What would the docuseries mainly cover from the book?
I do a lot of public speaking and philanthropy work around Atlanta, and I speak to a lot of single mothers and people that want to be business owners. There aren’t a lot of things that I’ve not gone through that some people would never think I’ve gone through. I only speak through my experiences. I love to give back. I hope to be able to help people at the end of the day and see whatever the sky will bring me from there.
With the success of Destiny’s Child over time, how did that make you feel with regards to your career? Were you happy for them?
It affected me in the most wonderful way. I promise you I’ve been on the treadmill listening to “Irreplaceable” jogging. Not just Beyoncé — I’ve supported every single project the girls put out. For some strange reason, I get labeled as “the bitter one,” I don’t know why, and I haven’t really said anything to people. I’ve been more than supportive.
When Beyonce was doing The Fighting Temptations, we saw each other, we hugged each other for a very long time. There was nothing but love, and there were people surrounding us that saw us interacting. I spoke with Kelly briefly some few years ago. LaToya was at the hospital when I gave birth to my daughter. I actually just spoke with her about her engagement. I speak with LaToya a lot more because she’s here in Atlanta a lot.
I have so much love for all of the girls and I support everything. We were family, they were my sisters. I don’t understand why I’d be bitter; it’s amazing the things they’ve accomplished.
Read more of LaTavia Roberson’s exclusive interview with Billboard here.