Kelly Rowland is gearing up for a busy 2017: not only is she working on a new album, but she’s also prepping a book titled Whoa, Baby!: A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (and Wonder What the #*$& Just Happened), and a makeup line for women of color. Rowland recently sat down with feminist publication Lenny Letter to talk about it all, including raising her son in a Trump presidency and if there will ever be a Destiny’s Child reunion.
About the book, Rowland said she (like many first-time new mothers) was overwhelmed and had a million questions so she and her OB-GYN Dr. Tristan Bickman decided to write a book. “After I had my son (and this is no exaggeration), I had at least a thousand questions and at least a couple of visits with my doctor. I would call or text her in the middle of the night. I didn’t have that many questions before I had [my son]. I was wondering why there wasn’t a book as an answer to What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” she explained. “There were so many things happening to me mentally, physically, and spiritually that I wanted answers to the questions I had.”
About creating a makeup line, Rowland said the line is to bring more options to the market for women with darker hues, something that’s currently difficult to find. She said, “I felt like there weren’t proper colors for women of color — not just black women, but women of color as a whole. I just wanted to be a part of changing that. It’ll be out in 2017. It’s an acronym for FACE: “For All Created Equal.”
Regarding the most recent hot topic of the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, Rowland said she was perplexed like most of the world. “I was stressed. I kept rubbing my head and touching my heart and trying to figure out how this happened. It was disappointment, wonder, and anxiety. I just went and had a glass of wine. I couldn’t wrap my head around it. All I could think about was women, my friends, a job in the future I might want to have … do I want to have another child?” she told Lenny Letter.
When it comes to living under this presidency with her son Titan, who’s now 2-years-old, Rowland said she’s nervous about it. “I talked to a friend of mine whose son is eleven years old, who is a beautiful, young black boy, and he asked about his safety. We’re all trying to figure it out,” she said. “I think our president-elect doesn’t make us feel safe. We have to do whatever we possibly can. It’s important to protect myself and protect my family,” she explains.
There have been rumors that Destiny’s Child will reunite in 2017, which marks their 20th anniversary, but Rowland says she, Beyonce and Michelle don’t even talk about it. “I haven’t heard anything about it. I give the same answer to everyone. We talk about everything else: we’ve got kids, we’re trying to get Michelle married off. We focus on other topics,” she said.
Read the rest of her interview with Lenny Letter HERE.