Kelly Rowland Defends Security Confrontation at Cannes: Others Weren’t ‘Pushed Off’

“There were other women that attended that carpet who did not quite look like me, and they didn’t get scolded,” Rowland said

Kelly Rowland is setting the record straight about her Cannes Film Festival interaction.

Earlier this week, footage of security guards rushing Rowland (and her defending herself) at the Marcello Mio red carpet went viral. On Thursday, the Destiny’s Child star explained what exactly happened and why she “stood [her] ground.”

“The woman knows what happened. I know what happened,” Rowland told the Associated Press on Thursday. “I have a boundary, and I stand by those boundaries, and that is it.”

“I stood my ground, and she felt like she had to stand hers, but I stood my ground,” she added. “And that was it.”

Rowland was posing for photos on the Pais des Festivals staircase when she was approached by several security guards, who attempted to make her move along the carpet and not stop for photos. As she got to the top of the stairs, Rowland stopped and pointed her finger in the guard’s face as she defended herself. “Don’t talk to me like that. Don’t talk to me like that,” she was captured telling the guard. “You’re not my mother. I told you not to talk to me like that.”


Some online users noticed how other non-Black guests were allowed time to pose and stop for photos as they entered the venue. She seemed to allude to that in her interview with the AP: “There were other women that attended that carpet who did not quite look like me, and they didn’t get scolded or pushed off or told to get off,” she said.

The former Destiny’s Child member starred in this Tyler Perry’s Mea Culpa on Netflix earlier this year. In the movie, she played a criminal defense attorney who takes the case of an artist accused of killing her girlfriend. She also joined Grown-ish in the recurring role of Dr. Edie in the sixth and final season.


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