Keyshia Cole is ready to show a different side of herself with the release of her new album due out December 16th. Her third LP, A Different Me, is accompanied by the return of her BET reality show, which premiere’s Tuesday, Nov. 12th.

The first two albums were more … painful,” she tells Billboard over lunch in Los Angeles. “It’s a different me this time: a young woman who’s still growing and finding myself, exploring life through different routes musically and in other areas. I wrote more about other people’s situations than my own. I’m moving forward.