LaTavia Makes Her Own Destiny
It’s been 20 years, and the former Destiny’s Child LaTavia Roberson really wants to focus on her future, which includes a to new book, I Am LaTavia, which is expected out this spring. She is also gearing up for roles in television and film.
She shared her thoughts on her high-profile past, eventful present, and promising future.
For those who may not know, how did you became a member of Destiny’s Child?
Actually, we started off as Girl’s Tyme and after many changes, we were discovered by Elektra Records in 1995 where we changed our line up and name to Destiny’s Child, to later be signed to Columbia in 1997.
We’ve heard varying accounts, but why did you leave the group?
To be honest, I did not leave the group; I was unknowingly dismissed after disputes with management. I go into further detail about this in my book which releases this spring.
So you have a book coming out, what are new are we going to learn about you?
More about my life. More about me as a person outside of the group that I was dealing with. I was battling with a lot of personal issue that a lot people did not know about.
Singing or acting, which do you prefer?
I enjoy both, but I have a passion for acting. I just recently auditioned for a few roles which hopefully come into fruition soon.
How has motherhood changed your life?
I never knew purpose until I had my daughter. With everything I went through, that never stopped me or detoured me from my destiny. *wink wink* Having someone who depends on you really adds a fire underneath you. So, I can’t sit and wallow in the should’ve, could’ve and would’ves. I have to pick myself up by the bootstraps and go make things happen.
Would you want your daughter to be in the entertainment industry?
Whatever she wants to do. No matter what she wants to be, I’m not standing in her way.
You lost a child last year, describe what that was like and how it’s affected you?
I gained an angel. It makes you look at life differently. It’s something that no mother should have to go through, but it has made me stronger.
What is your greatest career achievement?
I have many that I am extremely grateful for. Earning my GRAMMYs has been phenomenal, but I’d have to say that starting a journey with my best friend, Beyoncé. We started something that left a mark on history.
What makes you special?
What makes me special is my past experiences and that fact that I never gave up and able to sit here today and still love what I do.
What is that you want to do that you still haven’t done?
I want to get deeper into philanthropy. I want to start my own organization called Le Papillion to advocate for young women who just need a little push in life.
What’s a common misconception about you?
A misconception people have of me is that I’m bitter or that I’m mad at the girls. Well, I love, love, love every one of them dearly, especially Beyonce!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I love to cook! I actually want to go to culinary school!!