LaTavia Roberson has got a book to promote, and she mistakenly thought that People would be interested in anything but her long ago beef with Destiny’s Child and, by proxy, Beyoncé. After submitting to an interview for I Am LaTavia, due out in Spring of 2017, she seemed surprised to see they focused on quotes about how she was ousted from the group, such as:
“I never left Destiny’s Child. That is something that people say. But who would leave Destiny’s Child? That’s crazy! I was dismissed from the group,” she says. “It was very difficult because of the way that I found out about it. I hate even talking about it, and it’s been 20 years — but it is what it is. We saw the ‘Say My Name’ video on TV, and that’s how I found out I was no longer in the group.”
Honestly, that is pretty juicy and I see why People focused on it. This is like finding out you got dumped after seeing your partner post an engagement announcement on Facebook—with someone else. They didn’t have Facebook then, so a music video was a good expensive alternative.
Most of the rest of the interview is also about Destiny’s Child, and Roberson mentions she’s still friends with the ladies in the group and supports their music. "Friends" might be an exaggeration, but it sounds better than anything petty she could have said.
Roberson, however, was very unhappy with how the story turned out. Her book is about her, dammit, not some ancient pop culture drama. She took to Twitter to voice her disappointment, writing, “I talked about losing my CHILD. New projects. Movie. My daughter, Lyric. I gave @people PLENTY. They CHOSE to report on DC. I was PLAYED.” and, “And that HEADLINE is a joke. I NEVER told @people that I was depressed because of the group. Don't TWIST my words. It goes beyond the girls.”
She also shared an Instagram post on the issue, that is hinted at on Twitter with the words, “I would like to start off by thanking @people for the interview and opportunity. Things like…,” but then DELETED. Cruel!
She replaced it with a little #TBT to remind everyone that everything’s cool.
Everything’s real cool.