Letoya Luckett has spoken out about the hardships she endured after leaving Destiny’s Child, revealing that she slept in her car and lived on noodles as the going got tough.
A childhood friend of Beyonce Knowles, LeToya joined the then four member group in 1993, alongside Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and LaTavia Roberson.
She left the group in acrimony after she was excluded from the video of the smash hit Say My Name in 2000.
She and LaTavia were replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin, before Destiny’s Child became a trio when Franklin departed after five months.
In an Instagram Live broadcast, LeToya spoke about how her formative years with Destiny’s Child had robbed her of a normal teenage life.
“[After leaving the band], I didn’t know what I wanted to do, of course at that time I was about 18. I hadn’t lived my life as a normal teenager, I hadn’t gone to college…
“I didn’t desire to be in the entertainment industry at all. I wanted to go to work [in a shop] or in a mall, something simple,” she said.
LeToya narrated she had to survive with next to nothing to her name after her departure from the group.
“I slept in a car in LA while I was making my first album, not a lot of nights but a few. A water jug, a gallon of water, when I was staying in hotels, I couldn’t really afford anything else.
“So I was like drinking a gallon of water and buying the microwaveable Oodles of Noodles and cooking them on the coffee pot – I can’t believe I’m crying.”
In 2018, Beyoncé and Luckett reunited when Luckett attended the singer’s “On the Run II” tour stop in Arlington, Texas, according to photos of the meeting.