LaTavia Roberson talks DC days

    LaTavia Roberson is talking about her time in Destiny’s Child and revealing why everyone compared Mathew Knowles to Joe Jackson.

    Destiny’s Child didn’t become one of the biggest girl groups ever out of sheer luck. It all started with hard work, directed by Mathew’s very discerning eyes and ears.

    “Matthew did not mince his words and it can be tough to take that kind of criticism when you are a little girl. We would try not to let it break us," LaTavia told The Mirror. “But Kelly [Rowland] was the sensitive one, and sometimes she would go to her room and cry.”

    Kelly didn’t have too much time to dry her eyes as Mathew kept them on a very tight schedule that left little time for anything but practice. “We worked really hard. It was ­rehearse, rehearse, rehearse," LaTavia said. "It would be the four of us and he was like a drill sergeant. When summertime came he would start a camp at his house in Houston."

    Mathew’s boot camp consisted of an early-morning wake up and exercise. "There was a three-and-a-half mile track and we would sing while we jogged around it. Then we would go to the house and ­rehearse," the singer said, adding that they compared him to another hard-driving hitmaker. “We used to call him Joe Jackson. It’s not like he beat us with his belt or anything, but he was very strict."

    She added, "Beyoncé was the only one brave enough to stand up to him.” In hindsight, LaTavia sees that chasing her dream cost her a childhood, but she didn’t notice at the time because she was doing things that most other teens could only dream of.

    And LaTavia will be the first one that admit that all the first one to admit that the hard work has paid off, not just for Bey, but for LeToya Luckett and Kelly as well.

    “It’s ­amazing how well Kelly has done since then. She has really ­blossomed and for me it has been fantastic to watch her become this strong, ­independent woman," Latavia said. “She is an inspiration to anyone, and I am honored to call her my friend.”



    —Sonya Eskridge




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