In the fan video on YouTube, the 32-year-old songstress was performing her new single “Dirty Laundry” at the Filmore Silver Spring in Washington, D.C. on Sunday when she suddenly cried.
She was casually dressed in black top, white shorts, and black boots while sitting on a stool onstage as she sang for her fans. However, when she gets to the ling “Turned me against my sister,” she choked up and stopped before she bent over and cried.
Fortunately, her fans were supportive, cheering her on until she composed herself and continued her song.
“Dirty Laundry” is about Kelly’s past abusive relationship and her jealousy of an unnamed sister, who is rumoured to be Beyonce, her former bandmate who is unquestionably more successful than her.
Its lyrics include:
“While my sister was on stage, killing it like a mother***** I was enraged, feeling it like a mother****** Bird in a cage, you would never know what I was dealing with Went out separate ways, but I was happy she was killing it Bittersweet, she was up, I was down No lie, I feel good for her, but what do I do now?
“I was battered He hittin the window like it was me, until it shattered He pulled me out, he said, ‘Don’t nobody love you but me Not your mama, not your daddy and especially not Bey He turned me against my sister I missed ya”
After Destiny’s Child disbanded in 2005, Beyonce’s fame skyrocketed, while Kelly’s fizzled. She had released her solo album “Ms. Kelly” in 2007, and ended her professional relationship with Matthew Knowles, Beyonce’s father who had managed her career since Destiny’s Child.
“Dirty Laundry” is the second single off her fourth studio album “Talk a Good Game,” which is due for release on June 18.
Watch Kelly’s breakdown here (starting @4:17 mark):