The video for Kelly Rowland's song "Dirty Laundry" is emotional to say the least. In it, the former Destiny's Child member talks about the abusive relationship she has lived through for the past 10 years, and the tolls it has taken on her life. She lies in a fetal position in a pool of water and sheds tears behind black tinted sunglasses as she finally talks about her struggle, cleaning up her life, and doing her "dirty laundry." It must have taken a lot to share such intimate moments with the world, and Rowland is all the more powerful for it.
The scenes of Rowland in the shower and being mistreated by her boyfriend in a restaurant convey more than words alone could. Her vacant stares and pained looks when she is treated badly, and lyrics like "he hit the window like it was me until it shattered" are truly heartbreaking.
In a lot of ways the song is about Rowland's relationships, especially her relationship with her old bandmate Beyoncé. She makes a lot of references to her past "sister" who she was "jealous of" but "happy she was killing it." In the past few years the two singers have had "beef" in the media, and Rowland tries to reach out to her friend and make up in this video. The video fades out on these final lyrics of the song — "He said don't nobody love you but me / Not your Momma, not your Daddy, and especially not B / He turned me against my sister / I missed you / Let's do this dirty laundry, this dirty laundry."
"Dirty Laundry" is on Rowland's latest album Talk a Good Game, which came out on June 18th.
Stay strong, Kelly.