Latavia roberson - r&b divas: atl

*Two-time Grammy award winning R&B singer LaTavia Roberson is ecstatic about joining the cast of the TV One reality show, “R&B Divas: Atlanta.”

“I feel embraced. These women have influenced me in so many ways,” the original Destiny’s Child member glowingly said about the other divas on the reality show.

Former 702 lead singerKameelah“Meelah” Williams is also joining earlier cast members Syleena Johnson, KeKe Wyatt, Angie Stone and Monifah Carter in season three of the show as the new group of ladies balance a tumultuous professional and personal life.

The 32-year-old entrepreneur says she and Meelah are great friends which makes being on the show– “something really really great for me to embark on this journey.”

She can’t wait to get back in the spotlight after taking time off to write her memoirs and have her first child, a daughter named Lyric, born in August of 2013.

Music producerDon Vito, co-host ofBravo’snow canceled music competition show,The Kandi Factory, is Lyric’s father.

Roberson also had to handle serious family issuesthat caused her to move back to her hometown of Houston, Texas.

“I had to wrap my head around some things and get myself back together. I had sick grandparents. My mother got diagnosed with breast cancer and I had to go be there for my mother.”

Her mother, she says, has been in remission for the past two years and Roberson is doing advocacy work for breast cancer awareness.

Since having Lyric, she says her life has changed dramatically:

“As a new mother it’s like one of the most amazing times in my life. I’ve always wanted children and mehaving the whole experience of my daughter just let me know that there are no limits to the things that you’ll do as a mother.”

The times she spent with Destiny’s Child before leaving in 2000 after run-ins with Beyonce’s father, Mathew Knowles, the manager of the group, and other chapters of her life, will be detailed in a tell all book.

Roberson revealed that she’s focusing a lot these days on her acting career.

“I’ve been doing auditions. I’ve actually gotten the opportunity to do a couple of movies and some plays and things like that.”

Acting has long been a passion of hers she says since before her time with Destiny’s Child.

She’s candid about herpast problems with alcohol abuse:

“I don’t steer away from any adversity in my life because all the adversity in my life has made me who I am.”

That’s the reason she says she’s written “My Love Letter,” a memoir about her life:

“I just like to call it my love letter to everybody who’s ever wondered anything about what’s going on with me. I’m not ashamed of anything that has happened in my life.”

She doesn’t have a date for when it will be published because she says just when she’d finished it she updated the book to include chapters about being a new mother.

By the way, you won’t see  singer Nicci Gilbert on “R&B Divas: Atlanta” anymore –but she’ll be behind the camera serving as an Executive Producer.

Look for R&B Divas season 3 to premiere on TV One tonight,  Wednesday, April 23 at 10pm / 9central.

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