Michelle Williams proves she doesn’t just sing about being a survivor; she is a survivor.
Despite having publicly enjoyed dizzying heights of fame as a member of top-selling girl group Destiny’s Child as well as by her lonesome on the Broadway and Gospel circuits, she privately battled severe bouts with depression – a journey the ‘Journey to Freedom’ singer dishes on earnestly and honestly in new page-turner, ‘Checking In’ (released May 25).
As the rave reviews roll in, Williams has been rolling on the promo trail in the book’s support – hitting major platforms like ‘Kelly Clarkson Show,’ ‘Dr. Oz,’ ‘US Weekly,’ and ‘The Real’ in the process.
Related to the latter, look inside to hear the GRAMMY winner detail how she’s ‘done with music’ (in the traditional sense) and how she envisions the future of her career.
Fans of ‘The Real’ caught Michelle on Wednesday’s episode (May 26). While there, she not only fielded questions about the book and her career but was also quizzed about her next album – the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Journey to Freedom.’
When asked about her future solo endeavors (at the 2:10 mark on the video above), the 41-year-old confirmed new music was coming “this year,” but didn’t do so without a caveat.
“I do [want to put out new music], but I’ve been figuring out how much I want to do. Do I want to put out a full length album or be a full-time artist again? I know the answer to that is ‘no.’ But, do I love music still? Absolutely.”
The statement above echoes comments she made during a heart-to-heart sit down on the Premiere Collectibles LiveSigning platform with host Kalen Allen. At the 40:55 mark of the video seen above, she revealed:
“I think I am done as an ‘traditional artist.’ You won’t see me do a campaign for an album.”
In the same LiveSigning chat, Williams waxed honest about the public scrutiny that followed a number of her live performances – birthing a social media bullying movement called #PoorMichelle. Starting at 37:00 mark of the video above, Michelle discussed how the “trauma” of that event impacted her performances with DC3.
“It was in 2013 after the Super Bowl when the ‘Poor Michelle’ campaign was birthed. It was traumatic, because it seemed like a million people jumped on me. The reason it was traumatic was because I was jumped in the 4th grade,” she said before continuing, “I’m an adult but that was something I didn’t know was still buried in me.”
The songstress used the opportunity to voice how bullying affects people.
“While I’m reading [the negative comments], I’m also hearing it. It’s as if someone is verbally abusing you every day and you don’t know why,” she said. “Cyber-bullying or bullying of any kind creates trauma in the individual that the pain is being inflicted on.”
When asked how the ridicule affected her live performances, she revealed:
“I’ve only [thought about it in the past] when it comes to performances with [Destiny’s Child] because I know I’ll really be looked at under a microscope. Even for the  Coachella performance, I had to say ‘Michelle, you’re ok and you rehearsed the same amount of hours as everybody else.’ There are so many dancers who made missteps, but mine is the one that’s looked at the most.
Now, I look forward to more performances with the girls because now it’s just a matter of going out and having fun. We have NOTHING to prove anymore!“
Click here to buy ‘Checking In.’