Destiny’s Child will forever go down as one of the greatest and most iconic girl groups of all time. It is this group that brought us Beyonce Knowles as well as Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, and former group members Letoya Luckett and Latavia Roberson. Although being on top of the world and having hit after hit, winning award after award, you never know what somebody could be facing.
Michelle Williams, one of the replacement group members, tasted amazing success. Her time in the group changed the course of her life. Joining around the time when the group dropped the “Say My Name” video, she would continue to thrive throughout the “Survivor” and “Destiny Fulfilled” eras.
And then she also was able to achieve solo success as well, both on the gospel and dance charts with multiple solo albums under her belt. Although seemingly on top of the world, Michelle Williams was suffering from the invisible demon known as depression.
Who would have thought that a heavy mental toil was afflicting the “Heard A Word” singer. Recently the singer shared that she is gearing up to release her book, “Checking In: How Getting Real About Depression Saved My Life—and Can Save Yours.” She’s done the singing. She’s done the acting, gracing many Broadway stages. Now her healing journey has brought her to releasing her upcoming book.
As she gears up for the book’s release, Michelle is also going to be doing a book tour to help promote it. Fans will be delighted to know that she will be speaking with various celebrities on different topics. Michelle Williams will be joined by Chloe Bailey on the 26th of May to discuss the topic “defining identity.”
Lecrae and actress Taraji P. Henson will be joining her the next day to speak on “conquering anxiety.” Other guests joining her include Tabitha Brown, Tamar Braxton, and Devon Franklin. Many fans, however, are excited for the conversation with Beyonce’s mother, Tina Lawson, and ex-Destiny’s Child member Letoya Luckett on the topic of “Forgiveness.”
The ladies will link up on May 28th for their chat. Although many probably figured that there was bad blood between the ladies due to her being Letoya Luckett’s replacement years prior. However, it is to be noted that the two share quite the friendship that has lasted for some time now.
Letoya Luckett dished on their friendship in a 2013 interview with Sister 2 Sister Magazine. “Michelle [Williams] is such a blessing; such a sweetie. The first time we ever truly met was a couple years ago in Dallas at a fundraiser and she walked over to my table,” she explained. “I was sitting with friends at the time and she said, ‘I’ve been watching you from afar and you inspire me, and you don’t even know it.’ She said, ‘I’m so proud of you.’ It was mind-blowing! People are so messy sometimes, and they try to create mess around a situation they know absolutely nothing about.”
Letoya Luckett continued, “But when two parties get together, that’s when it comes down to it. For her, for that to be the first thing to come out of her mouth, I was like, ‘Do you know that I love you?’ We love each other, we support each other and we genuinely mean it. I don’t think people realize that was, like, 13 years ago.”
Perhaps the upcoming conversation centered around forgiveness amongst the ladies will touch on the whole Destiny’s Child debacle. Letoya also recently shared via Instagram Live that time after being ousted from the group had been rough for her, to the point where she had to sleep in her car for periods of time.
“Coming out of that, I wasn’t the most secure person because I was so used to having a team mentality and to think of going out on my own was terrifying,” the “Torn” singer shared to her followers. “The thought of singing made me angry. I didn’t believe I had a voice, I didn’t believe I could sing, I didn’t believe I could return to the music industry.”
She added, “During my journey I was staying at people’s house, I never told these stories before — I slept in a car in L.A. while I was making my first album. Not a lot of nights, but you know what I’m saying? I was drinking a gallon of water and buying the microwavable Oodles of Noodles. And I was like cooking them on the coffee pot in the hotel. Yeah. It was a lot. I was uncomfortable for a minute,” she said as she began to cry.
What helped her to regain her footing? “Make a long story short, after surrendering and getting to know God on a whole ‘nother level — I learned to surrender, get out of my own way, stop living in fear and allow him to direct my path,” she shared.
Be sure to check out Michelle William’s conversation with Letoya Luckett and Tina Knowles on May 28th. Tickets can be found here for access.