Naturi Naughton addresses ‘tumultuous’ 3LW breakup on new album
'Power' star Naturi Naughton shares that her new album will address her girl group past
Naturi Naughton says her new album will address the fallout with her former group 3LW.
During an interview with People, the actress opens up about her return to music. The 36-year-old tells the entertainment outlet she will sing about “some of the feelings I had after being ousted” from the girl group.
The pop/R&B trio had a run in the early 2000s. Naturi sang alongside Kiely Williams and Adrienne Bailon. Since then, the members have shared their stories of the traumatizing breakup. Naughton left the group in 2002 and said in an interview with MTV News that a food fight led to her departure.
“Kiely and Adrienne are cursing me out, and before I know it, Kiely throws her plate of food all in my face — mashed potatoes, macaroni all in my hair, down my clothes, messing up my [hair]do!” she said.
“Nobody has the right to hit me. That’s not what I’m here for … to be physically abused. So I said, ‘Get me a flight back to Newark, New Jersey,’ and they wouldn’t even help me get a ticket.”
Despite the challenging times in the music industry, the Power star went on to other things and the rest of 3LW did as well. Bailon is now a co-host of The Real and she apologized to Naughton when she was a guest on the show.
Naughton tells People that she is not currently in contact with her former groupmates but does share some good memories with them.
“It was a tumultuous breakup. However, I do look back and remember, ‘Oh, I was on the TRL tour, opening up for Destiny’s Child,” Naughton remarked.
“I think a lot of people that know me now, who even watch Power, don’t realize how long my journey has been. This has been since I was 15 and I’ve been in the business for 20 years. I look back at that experience of being in a girl group, although it had some learning experiences that were growing pains, it just showed me what it takes to make it in this industry.”
Naughton is still holding it down as Tasha St. Patrick on the first of the Power spinoffs, Power Book II: Ghost, but she is ready to get back to music. She says her upcoming album will explore different musical styles, describing “R&B fused with a little bit of that hip hop.”
She will also channel the feelings from the 3LW fallout through her art.
“I want to bring back that ’90s era vibe with people really singing. I’m excited to just tell my story through song because a lot the songs I do talk about feelings I had after being ousted from 3LW,” Naughton said.
According to People, Naughton is working with Grammy-award winning producer Troy Taylor but does not yet have a release date for the project.
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