“The X Factor” U.K. judge Kelly Rowland has responded to her estranged father’s public plea for a reconciliation by saying, “I think that everybody deserves forgiveness, and it’s OK to move on … Hopefully I’ll meet him soon.” Rowland made the comments on July 27, 2011, during an interview with New York City radio station Power 105.1 (WWPR-FM).
As previously reported, Rowland’s father, Charles Lovett (who says he has not spoken to 30-year-old Rowland since she was 7 years old), gave an interview to British tabloid the Daily Mail in June 2011, shortly after Rowland started her new job as an “X Factor” U.K. judge. In the interview, Lovett begged Rowland to forgive him for being an absentee father and for being verbally abusive to Rowland’s mother. He also said in the interview that he did not want money or favors from Rowland.
When former Destiny’s Child member Rowland was asked if she had gotten in touch with her father since the interview was published, she replied:
“Not yet. I’m very sensitive about this subject. I don’t know why, but I haven’t talked to him yet. I definitely plan on it, and hopefully I’ll meet him soon … It’s been a long process of him trying get in contact with me. It’s very interesting now that it does happen at this time. I think that everybody deserves forgiveness, and it’s OK to move on. But it’s so weird. I haven’t seen this man in 20 years. I’m definitely going to meet him. It’s going to be a very interesting moment.”
Rowland was also asked if she thought her much-talked-about performance at the 2011 BET Awards was the best live performance of her solo career. Rowland answered:
“Absolutely. Something happened. I dreamt about performing on that stage too. I had dreams about it, and I just really wanted to show off my dream.”
She also commented on reports that she has been cast in the miniseries “Stephen King’s Bag of Bones” by saying: “It’s in talks right now. Nothing is confirmed.”
Rowland was also asked about her former manager Mathew Knowles, who is suing Live Nation for accusing him of stealing money from his superstar daughter (and his former management client) Beyoncé Knowles. Rowland (who was an original member of Destiny’s Child with Beyoncé) stated:
“People have said so many things over the years about the whole DC [Destiny’s Child] camp. So, for me, when it comes to that kind of thing and talking about it with B [Beyoncé], like, I discuss anything with B. Period. Mathew sent me flowers for my birthday. It’s not as huge a trip as much as people would like for it to be.”
And don’t expect a Destiny’s Child reunion anytime soon, Rowland says, even if Mathew Knowles might have hinted to the media that there could be a Destiny’s Child reunion sometime in the near future.
“It hasn’t been anything we talked about it at all … He can’t make that decision. That’s our decision if we wanted to do that or not. It hasn’t been anything that we discussed.”
(Click here to watch Rowland’s entire Power 105 interview from July 27, 2011.)