Remember when Beyoncé gave that live interview to MTV back in the day, announcing Farrah Franklin's dismissal from Destiny's Child?
Beyoncé said that it was a group decision, not management's decision, and it was a result of Franklin having missed three major promotional tours.
Franklin revisited that ordeal in a recent interview with VLAD TV. She said that she had, in fact, quit the group before those promotional events, and that's why she wasn't at the shows. Franklin said that the story the remaining group members and management told the press was a lie to cover up how a third person was leaving Destiny's Child in the span of six months.
"I've never missed a show, ever. Or else I would've got kicked out the group. You know how much I was getting paid for a show?" Franklin asked rhetorically.
"When I [left] the group, they weren't honest with people to say that I left. They were trying to give themselves more time to clear the air. I've never missed a show, ever," she maintained. "You can't say that I'm missing shows if I'm no longer a part of the group anymore. That's a lie. A bold-faced one."
Franklin said that she left the group primarily because of her problems with management—more specifically, the group's manager, Matthew Knowles, Beyoncé's father.
She recalled one incident in a hotel room where everyone was "coming down" on her while she was recovering from an illness. That was the straw that broke the camel's back, she said. "It's not a way you would want somebody treating your 18-year-old daughter fresh out of the hospital from stomach flu and dehydration," Franklin recalled.
Franklin believes that the group hatched a plan to make her appear recalcitrant so that they could tell the media she wasn't cooperating. She said that she left for the same reason the two other former group members left: management: "They had just lost two members six months ago. Everyone is leaving for the same reason, and we don't even know each other."
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.