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March 21, 2021

Kelly Rowland Turned Her Back on a Church That Criticized Her Group's Music — inside Her Faith

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Grammy-nominated artist Kelly Rowland revealed to Kirk Franklin in an interview that she once left her former church. The R&B singer shared her reason for doing so. 

Kelly Rowland has successfully cemented her name in the music industry with her singing prowess. She has been married to Tim Weatherspoon since 2014 and they share two children, Titan, 6, and one-month-old Noah.

In a podcast interview with gospel icon Kirk Franklin in "Good Words with Kirk Franklin," Rowland shared how strong her faith has become despite facing endless criticisms.

Kelly Rowland at the Pizza Hut x Legion M Lounge on January 24, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

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SHARING HER FAITH

Rowland was part of Destiny's Child, one of the iconic girl groups in 1990. The legendary band had Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams as her co-singers. 

Franklin discussed a variety of issues with 40-year-old Rowland. One topic that stood out from their conversation was about the "Coffee" singer's faith. 

Rowland opened up to Franklin that her unwavering faith in God and Jesus has helped her spiritually. Having faith, she said, was like "a personal walk."

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THE REASON SHE LEFT

Rowland also leaned on faith as it contributed to her and the Destiny Child's success in the music industry. While their families supported their music, some churchgoers were against it. 

She told Franklin that the people from her old church were not open-minded about their secular music. To avoid being judged, Rowland transferred to another church. She said:

"I didn't care. I was chasing a dream, and it felt right to me in my gut."

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The new church she belonged to embraced her talent and her music. With that additional support from her spiritual community, Rowland's group became one of the top-selling girl bands of all time. 

Lovett publicly pleaded in 2013 to help him reconnect with Rowland.

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HER MOTHER'S DEATH

Destiny's Child helped Rowland reached the pinnacle of success. But her life later became bittersweet when her mother, Doris Garrison, passed away in December 2014 after suffering from cardiac arrest. 

Garrison's death left Rowland heartbroken. In 2018, the former "The Voice Australia" coach revealed that her mother's death was the "greatest loss" of her life. 

Rowland also deeply loves her father, Christopher Lovett. She made a heartfelt tribute for him last year though he had been an estranged father to Rowland for 30 years. 

In 2013, Lovett pleaded in public to help him reconnect with Rowland. At the time, the "Motivation" singer was not ready to meet him in person.

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