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Kelly Rowland Airs Her “Dirty Laundry” About Beyonce, Domestic Abuse, Fame

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Pause your Spotify and listen to Kelly Rowland’s new song “Dirty Laundry” (after the jump) — not only is it intense, but it’s really good. She sings about how hard it was for her to watch her “sister” Beyoncé get A+++-list famous while Kelly was “going through some bullshit,” mostly, it seems, an abusive relationship: ”Meanwhile this ni**a puttin’ his hands on me, swear y’all don’t know the half of this industry. She sings about lying to her mother and her friends about the abusive relationship, classically being isolated from help. “Kinda lucky I was in her shadow / phone call from my sister, what’s the matter / she said ‘oh no, you gotta leave’ / I’m on the kitchen floor, he took the keys / I was mad at everybody, I mean everybody, her her her her everybody,” she sings, adding that it took five years to finally get her life together. “I was trapped in his house … I was battered / He hit the window like it was me, until it shattered,” she sings. “He told me nobody love you but me, not your mama, not your daddy, and especially not B. He turned me against my sister, I missed you.”

No wonder Beyoncé has such strong statements about sisterhood and feminism. This is some intense friendship shit to deal with. Seriously, “Dirty Laundry” is incredible and I’m so happy that Kelly has come forward about the domestic abuse she suffered so other women feel less isolated and alone. Congratulations, Kelly Rowland, this is so good:

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