“It’s really about just owning your sexuality. You should already know how sexy and great you are without someone having to tell you,” she says about the meaning behind her new track “Coffee,” and the accompanying visuals and lyrics. “As women, for so long we’d do something to be regarded by others, and this song says, ‘I really don’t need to hear what anyone else has to say.’”
With the “Coffee” music video Rowland is highlighting “the different tones and textures and colors of beauty that there are, and how rich that is, and how unified we are as women,” she says. “That really meant a lot to me. You see, I’m just one person, but I’m even better with other women next to me.”
Check out the video via the YouTube clip above.
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Rowland, who turns 40 next year, says she had to learn how to cut out the negative voices that had been impacting her personal growth.
“You gotta remember, I started at 15,” she adds. “That was a lot. I was growing up right in front of people. I had my own eyes on myself and other people’s eyes on me. It was a lot of pressure. The hardest part of that journey was actually cutting those negative voices off, and those negative voices were mostly the ones that I was inflicting upon myself.”
As noted by PEOPLE, after decades in the entertainment industry, Rowland has replaced the hate with positivity.
“It’s exciting, and it has to get better because my life is always getting better. Of course with every year there comes greater responsibility. We think about everything from our children to our marriage to finances — all of it. By the way, it all stresses me out,” she says.
“I can’t help but to think about that movie This Is 40, and how I remember seeing that movie and it just scared the mess out of me. I was like ‘Oh my God, is this what 40 is like?’” Rowland recalls. “I had a little panic attack. I was like, ‘This can’t possibly be what it is.'”
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Kelly also admits that when she became the first member of Destiny’s Child to go solo and win a Grammy, she didn’t feel worthy of her accomplishments.
“‘Dilemma’ was really the first time I really got a taste of solo success. It felt overwhelming for me at the time,” she says. “In retrospect, I don’t remember feeling like I deserved that, which went back to value and valuing yourself and your opinion and your greatness.”
Rowland also recalled the time a fan made her feel deserving of the spotlight.
“I remember the first time a fan said, ‘I’m you when we play Destiny’s Child because we look the same,'” says the star. “This girl was the same complexion as me, and that made me so happy because there’s nothing like feeling seen and being heard. Janet Jackson made me feel seen. Whitney Houston made me feel seen. Their beauty was so taken in worldwide, and it made me feel like there is a space for me.”
In related news, the Grammy-winning singer shared in a interview with the Associated Press details about her new management deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company and she also touched on the album that she plans to drop in the near future, per source.com.
“I’m very excited about this album. I’m excited for the fact that the years that it took me to find tempo,” she explained. “The whole album’s not up-tempo, but I’m excited to share my tempo. I feel like I always had mids and slower records but yeah, I’m ready to dance. Especially when we come out of all this, we need to dance.”