Kelly Rowland Speaks Out After Scuffle With Cannes Red Carpet Security Goes Viral: ‘I Stood My Ground’

Kelly Rowland is speaking out.

Two days after appearing to get into a heated argument with a female security guard on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, the Destiny’s Child alum opened up to the Associated Press on Thursday (May 23) about the viral video.

“The woman knows what happened. I know what happened,” Rowland told the outlet at the amfAR Cannes Gala. “I have a boundary, and I stand by those boundaries, and that is it.

“There were other women that attended that carpet who did not quite look like me, and they didn’t get scolded or pushed off or told to get off,” she added pointedly. “I stood my ground, and she felt like she had to stand hers.”

In the video in question, Rowland — who was in attendance at Cannes for the premiere of Marcello Mio — poses for photographers before a group of ushers leads her off the carpet. When one of them seemingly tries to rush her along by holding an arm behind the “Motivation” singer’s back, she turns around and appears to scold the guard, holding up a finger to accent her point.

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As Rowland starts to walk away, the guard talks with a pair of nearby workers, which prompts the Mea Culpa star to turn around and add another remark.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the red carpet security at Cannes is famously strict in order to prevent delays in the festival’s schedule. The annual event reportedly prohibited selfies on the red carpet in 2018 for similar reasons, and the publication adds that guests who break the rules are “often met with their phones being grabbed or security covering the camera lens.”

Watch Rowland address her viral red carpet moment below.


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