Kelly Rowland opens up about music and motherhood for VOGUE Australia
Rowland is back in the studio and loving life.
Here are 5 gems she dropped in the interview:
Sometimes she cheats. Kelly Rowland is a bit of a fitness fanatic, but she cut herself some slack while filming the latest season of The Voice. “Since I’ve been here I have not worked out once,” she says. “I like to run track as if I were an Olympian. I went from doing all of the above before I left to doing nothing.”
She meditates regularly. The former Destiny’s Child member relies on the Calm app to help her stay sane. “It’s awesome. I do it every other day, first thing in the morning or if I feel like I’m overwhelmed or anxious and I have to bring it all ‘in’, because that means I’m putting too much energy out and not giving myself anything.”
Her husband helped her get back to music. Kelly Rowland is back in the studio and ready to release new music after a five-year hiatus.“I was thinking about pulling back from recording but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music!,” she explains. “I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”
She worried about being a “sexy” mom. “I was like coming into that, people trying to say that women can’t be fly after having a baby,” she says. “But J. Lo defied that and said it’s not the case, Bey did it … all these women do it and I was like: ‘Fu*k it, I’m going to do that too.’ And that’s when I started to pick up the pace a little bit. Then I got into the studio and started to find the groove and now the groove is there, it’s rolling.”
The album will be very personal. Rowland is still working on her next project but she revealed it’s taking a very raw direction. “If I feel it or think it and it touches me in some way, then I think it’s going to do that to somebody else, too…The record about my mother I have yet to put into words, and it will be the hardest record I will ever write,” she says. “It’s about love, loss and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest. I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”