‘It’s so frustrating being an American’: Kelly Rowland breaks down in tears as she discusses gun violence and the message behind her 2002 song Stole

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Kelly Rowland became emotional on Friday as she talked about gun violence in America.

The Destiny’s Child star broke down in tears as she reflected on how the laws have hardly changed in the 17 years since the release of her 2002 song Stole, which is about gun violence.

Speaking to Australian radio show Hit103.1’s Cliffo & Gabi, Kelly said she found it ‘so frustrating being an American in America’ sometimes. 

'It's so frustrating being an American': Kelly Rowland broke down in tears while discussing gun violence the U.S. on Friday
‘It’s so frustrating being an American’: Kelly Rowland broke down in tears while discussing gun violence the U.S. on Friday

Stole, a single from Kelly’s first solo album Simply Deep, is about how gun violence destroys the hopes and lives of its victims.  

The lyrics of the chorus are: ‘She could have been a movie star / Never got the chance to go that far / Her life was stole / Now we’ll never know’. 

When asked what has done to prevent gun violence in the U.S. since 2002, Kelly said: ‘I cannot believe you’re literally going to make me cry.

‘It’s the most painful thing to watch, gun violence, for me. Only because you see children reacting in the most horrifying ways and it’s just so heartbreaking.’

Important message: Kelly's 2002 single Stole is about the consequences of gun violence
Important message: Kelly’s 2002 single Stole is about the consequences of gun violence

She paused, before adding: ‘Sorry… I just think we have to, as a human race, have to remember to protect each other and that’s what’s so frustrating about being an American in America right now.

‘You have all these series of events that happen with gun violence and nobody is changing anything.

‘It takes a new generation to really kick in and ignite such a fire and really start to get you going, because we have to see change.’

Outraged: Kelly (pictured with her son, Titan) told Hit103.1's Cliffo & Gabi she finds it 'so frustrating being an American in America' sometimes
Outraged: Kelly (pictured with her son, Titan) told Hit103.1’s Cliffo & Gabi she finds it ‘so frustrating being an American in America’ sometimes

Kelly added: ‘You don’t want to see your children to go through that, you don’t want another parent to go through that and you don’t want other child go through that.

‘Sorry, I got emotional. I can’t help but think of how this has gotten out of control. You’ve got to change laws. This is what’s trending and this is what’s happening.’

Kelly also talked about the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that claimed the lives of 51 people in March. 

In her song Stole, Kelly reflected on how young people's lives are torn apart by gun violence
In her song Stole, Kelly reflected on how young people’s lives are torn apart by gun violence

‘What happened in New Zealand is just heartbreaking for me because Australia has embraced me so beautifully,’ she said.

‘For someone to come somewhere where you’re praying and all that chaos breaks out.. My heart goes out to all the families that were affected. It’s really horrible.’

Kelly has been outspoken when it comes to her views on gun violence in the past. 

In 2016, she joined other musicians in signing Billboard magazine’s ‘Open Letter To Congress’ to appeal for an end to gun violence. 

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