Kelly Rowland's estranged father, Charles Lovett, has once again gone to a tabloid to beg for a reunion with her. In an article published by Star magazine on Oct. 24, 2013, Lovett (who is 67) talked about how he desperately wants to reunite with Rowland (who is 32) before he dies.
Lovett (who says that he has not spoken to Rowland since she was 7) told Star magazine: "So many previous years have passed and I'm getting old. I just pray she comes back into my life before it's too late."
In the interview, Lovett admits that his split from Rowland's mother Doris was because he had a bad temper and a drinking problem at the time. He said of his temper, "I couldn't control it. I hoped I could make it up to her. But I'm still waiting for that day."
Even though Kelly Rowland said in 2011 that she wanted to reunite that year with her estranged father, she says she is still not speaking to him, even after he publicly begged her to forgive him for being an absentee dad for most of her life. As previously reported, Rowland made the comments in an interview published in Essence magazine's September 2013 issue, which has Rowland on the cover. The issue went on sale on Aug. 9, 2013.
Rowland rose to fame as a member of the singing group Destiny's Child, which first hit it big in the late 1990s. She was a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. for just one year (2011), when she replaced Dannii Minogue. Rowland has denied tabloid reports that she was fired from "The X Factor" U.K. because she asked for too much money. Rowland said that she left the show because she wanted to spend more time on recording her fourth solo album. She became a judge on "The X Factor" U.S. in 2013, when she replaced Britney Spears.
Shortly after Rowland became a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2011, Rowland's father, Charles Lovett, gave an interview to the Daily Mirror to beg for her forgiveness and ask for a reunion. In the Daily Mirror interview, Lovett said that he does not want any money or favors from her. During her adolescence and teen years, Rowland lived with the family of Beyoncé Knowles, her group mate in Destiny's Child.
Lovett also told the Daily Mirror that he once went to a Destiny's Child concert in 2000 and tried to get backstage to talk to his daughter, but he was turned away by security.
Although Rowland told the media in 2011 that she forgave her father and that she hoped to reunite with him during the Christmas holidays that year, she confessed in her Essence interview that the reunion did not happen that year, and she still can't bring herself to communicate with her father.
When Essence asked if she has spoken to her father since his attempts to contact her through the media, Rowland admitted, "I haven't. I don't know what's stopping me because I've had opportunities. But it really is time. I probably need to ask my therapist about it."
As for why Rowland decided to become a judge on "The X Factor" U.K., which required her to spend several months out of the year working in the U.K., Rowland commented: "I had singles that were working over there ... I kind of felt like the States wasn't showing me no love, to be completely honest. I was over there hustling and grinding. I had bills to take care of."
Although Rowland had some hits in the U.K. from 2008 to 2010 for singles that flopped in the U.S. (most notably "Commander"), Rowland's strategy somewhat backfired because her career in the U.K. started to flop after she became a judge on "The X Factor" U.K.
Rowland's two most recent solo albums (2011's "Here I Am" and 2013's "Talk a Good Game") have bombed in the U.K., while the albums have been Top 10 hits in the U.S. (In the U.K., "Here I Am" reached No. 43, while "Talk a Good Game" did even worse, by peaking at a lowly No. 80.)
And her 2011 hit single "Motivation" (featuring Lil Wayne) was a much bigger hit in the U.S. (where it was a No. 17 hit and went double platinum) than it was in the U.K., where "Motivation" peaked at a dismal No. 169.
In the Essence interview, Rowland also commented again about her song "Dirty Laundry," the second single from Rowland's fourth album, "Talk a Good Game." The album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released in June 2013. Rowland has been getting a lot of publicity for "Dirty Laundry" because of its candid lyrics, which talk about an abusive ex-boyfriend (whom she does not name) and her past jealousy of Knowles.
In "Dirty Laundry," Rowland also says that her abusive ex-boyfriend drove a wedge between her and Knowles. Rowland and Knowles have been longtime friends, and they often call each other "sister." Rowland lived with the Knowles family for several years. Knowles is not portrayed by an actress in the "Dirty Laundry" music video. Rowland has said in many interviews that Knowles has heard "Dirty Laundry" and told Rowland that she loves the song and is very supportive of her.
Rowland told Essence: "For a long time I wasn't happy, but that had nothing to do with Beyoncé. That had to do with me trying to get my life in order and make better decisions for myself. I'm seeing all these wonderful things happen for her and I am happy for her. But I want a path. I want things to pop off for me, too. Not on her level but whatever my level is supposed to be."
Rowland made headlines when she broke down in tears while singing "Dirty Laundry" at her concert in Silver Spring, Md., on May 26, 2013. An audience member filmed her performing the song and uploaded it on YouTube.
Despite all the publicity for "Dirty Laundry," the song has been a sales flop and has failed to make it on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Dirty Laundry" was a small hit on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it peaked at No. 47.
In a June 2013 interview on "The Wendy Williams Show," Rowland commented about the "Dirty Laundry" lyrics: "I just want to clear one thing up. I never had rage against my sister [Beyoncé]. I was in rage of all the things I was going through. The song is about me, more than anything. I just want to clear that up. I love my sister. We all do."
Rowland used to be engaged to football player Roy Williams, who tweeted shortly after "Dirty Laundry" made headlines in May 2013 that he wasn't the abusive ex-boyfriend described in the song. But in a follow-up tweet, Roy Williams hinted that the abusive ex-boyfriend was Cudda Love, CEO of Fo' Real Entertainment, according to Baller Alert. When someone tweeted Roy Williams and guessed that the abuser was Cudda Love, Roy Williams replied: "#bingo. But thats not my place to speak on it .. #somanystoriespeoplejustdontknowabout."
When Wendy Williams (no relation to Roy Williams or former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams) asked Rowland about Roy Williams, Rowland refused to talk about him and said, "Been there, done that. Ex talk is ex talk. I don't even want to [go] there. It's not worth talking about. Sorry."
Rowland is rumored to be dating her manager, Tim Weatherspoon, since 2011. Although she wouldn't name the man she is dating, Rowland did confirm to Wendy Williams that she has a special man in her life. Rowland laughed sheepishly as she said, "I am dating."
Wendy Williams asked, "Do you love him?"
Rowland answered, "I do. I do want to get married. I feel like I'm missing out!"
In her interview with Essence, Rowland also declined to say who her boyfriend is. But she did repeat her wish to be a wife and mother someday: "I want to be in Miami chilling with a cute little tummy and wearing cute little dresses on the beach. And I want to be married. I do."