LaTavia Roberson was an original member of Destiny’s Child, along with Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and LeToya Luckett. The group found success with their self-titled album in 1997 but really broke out in 1999 with The Writing’s on the Wall, which featured the hit singles “Bills, Bills, Bills,” “Jumpin’, Jumpin’” and “Say My Name.”
“We were patient, we worked very hard, and hearing our stuff on the radio? There was nowhere we could go from there but up,” Roberson, now 35, recalls of their early rise. “We prayed together for the success of the group, and when we started hearing the songs on the radio, started going on tour, we would see how much people really liked Destiny’s Child.”
But in 2000, everything came to a crashing halt for Roberson.
“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.”
“It was very difficult. I’m pretty sure that it was difficult for all of us — because we were young,” Roberson says. “My issue was always with the management; it was never with the girls.”
Even so, Roberson admits being ousted from the band took a toll on her.
“It was almost like a bad divorce — you’re no longer with your friends, people that you love so much. So that was hard in itself,” she adds. “And then being by myself at that time, when other aspects starting taking ahold of me. It lead me into a depression. And it wasn’t pretty, like at all.