As part of the "Bootylicious" chart-topping girl group Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland was a key member of a bona fide hit factory. But before she was cranking out global R&B and pop smashes, Rowland remembers smashing up cars as a teenager.
The singer reminisces about her bumpy ride toward learning how to drive on the latest episode of MTV's "When I Was 17." "I was a really, really bad driver," the singer admits. "As a matter of fact, I wrecked about three cars before I finally got the whole driving thing down."
Rowland, who has steered her solo career toward success by bringing her pipes to the house-music scene and teaming up with French producer David Guetta on the international 2009 hit "When Love Takes Over," has presumably mastered the art of driving since her teenage years. However, the memories of Rowland's automotive antics still haunt the singer's nearest and dearest. On Saturday's episode — which also features teenage tales from Latin pop star Enrique Iglesias and Stephanie Pratt from MTV's "The Hills" — Rowland's friends remember the R&B diva's less than smooth moves behind the wheel.
"Terrible, terrible," is how Rowland's homegirl Angie describes the singer's driving skills. "Did I say terrible? Terrible driver."
Former Destiny's Child member LeToya Luckett shudders when she thinks back to Rowland's early days in the driver's seat. "Tales of Kelly behind the wheel — Lord help us all," the "Torn" songstress chuckles.
"When I Was 17" — this week featuring Rowland, Enrique Iglesias and Stephanie Pratt — premieres Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV.
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