SNEAK PEEK: Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams In First Pic From “Say Yes” Video + Michelle Dishes On Secret Video Shoot & Working With Destiny’s Child Again
After Beyonce, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland tried to secretly film Michelle's “Say Yes” video in New Jersey last month, Destiny's Child fans totally lost it once the word got out that they were filming. Now, a brand new picture from the video set has been released. Peep the pic and find out what Michelle had to say about the making of the video inside….
A Destiny’s Child reunion went down a few weeks ago when Beyonce, Michelle, Kelly and Solange met up in Maplewood, New Jersey to film the visuals for Michelle’s new single “Say Yes.”
The foursome filmed the video inside someone’s house in New Jersey and Michelle believes the secret got out after the owner likely got excited and called up family and friends to let them in on the secret filming. Soon after, a huge crowd gathered outside of the residence, which resulted in hundreds of people screaming their heads off once they spotted Bey making an exit to her black SUV.
Now…the first sneak peek of the video has been released and Michelle is dishing on the deets on what happened that night in NJ.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter Michelle detailed how the crowd outside of the set came about, her feelings about her first single "Say Yes" leaking, her upcoming gospel album Journey to Freedom (dropping in September) and she also dished on her cancelled Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour.
Here are the highlights:
On how fans found out about the secret filming of the video “Say Yes”:
"We heard all this commotion going on while we were filming. We filmed at somebody's house and they probably got excited and called their cousins and friends and, next thing you know, the whole town was on one street. ... I woke up to the news of the song being leaked and I just hate when that happens because it was an unmastered version. At the same time, I was overwhelmed by the support. I know things happen for a reason. I don't want anyone to think I'm pissed. I'm not."
On reuniting with her Destiny’s Child bandmates:
"It was so much fun," says Williams. "It was like we were little kids again. I have their back and they have mine. They have showed themselves to be loyal to me time after time. They have proven they are my sisters time and time again."
On the Harmony Samuels produced track:
"It is a song that came from Africa more than a hundred years ago. I don't think anyone knows who wrote it or who started singing that chorus. When the song leaked last week, so many people from Africa and Nigeria were trying to let me know where it came from."
On how Beyonce and Kelly came about to be featured on the song:
"They received an advance copy of the album and called saying, 'We love 'When Jesus Says Yes'… there has to be a Destiny's Child mix of the song,'" Williams recalls. "Kelly did it and Beyonce got right in the studio and did her part. I kept it a secret because I didn't want anyone to know until it was time."
On hoping to reconnect with DC fans with her gospel music:
"Destiny's Child had millions of fans but the second I did 'gospel,' they were, like, 'We love you but I don't know...' My message is that I'm here to inspire and to encourage and give hope. Whatever you want to do, you can do. I'm not saying it's going to be easy, but I've been there. I have been down in a dark place and I want to tell people my story of how I got to that dark place and how I'm free from it now."
On the cancellation of her Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour (which she was set to play Mary Magdalene):
"I'll be honest and say this frees me up to work my album for the summer," she says. "I know there were sacrifices made for the tour. I couldn't take certain offers that came my way so now we're able to capture some of those opportunities again."
Photo: Erik Umphery/The Hollywood Reporter