Singer and actress, LeToya Luckett who was a part of the original Destiny’s Child line up (which consisted of herself, Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland) has revealed the pain she endured after she was axed from the world-famous girl group.
After joining the group in 1993, which was initially then a foursome and included LaTavia, LeToya said she was left heartbroken when she was given the boot – six years after catapulting to fame.
LeToya departed the band in 2000, after being cut out of the music video for the hit single, ‘Say My Name’.
In a rare Instagram Live video, the singer has spoken for the first time expressing her heartbreak and emotion, about her life after leaving the group.
“[After leaving the band], I didn’t know what I wanted to do, of course at that time I was about 18. I hadn’t lived my life as a normal teenager, I hadn’t gone to college… I didn’t desire to be in the entertainment industry at all. I wanted to go to work [in a shop] or in a mall, something simple,” she revealed.
She also confessed that during her journey, “I was staying at people’s houses, I have never told these stories before”. I slept in a car in LA while I was making my first album, not a lot of nights but a few. When I was staying in hotels, I couldn’t really afford anything else, so I was like drinking a gallon of water and buying the microwaveable Oodles of Noodles and cooking them on the coffee pot”, she shared.
LeToya continued: “The thought of singing made me angry. I didn’t believe I had a voice, I didn’t believe I could sing, I didn’t believe I could return to the music industry.”
But her life soon turned around, after landing a role in the 2010 film, Preacher’s Kid as well as releasing solo material.
She later discovered that she and LaTavia had been replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin, leading to a legal dispute with Matthew Knowles, Bey’s dad and the group’s manager.