Gospel singer Kirk Franklin’s son Kerrion, 32, has accused him of “manipulation and abuse” after his father described him as “aggressive.”
The father of four addressed the backlash that erupted after his son posted an expletive-laced video of the two of them arguing on social media.
Kirk, 51, apologized to his fans after the video went viral, admitting that he lost his cool during the exchange.
In the video, the 16-time Grammy winner is accused of mocking his son’s poverty and threatening to stomp on his “skinny motherfucking a**.”
Following the controversy, the gospel singer and his wife, Tammy Collins, appeared on Tamron Hall’s talk show to talk about his relationship with his 32-year-old son and the allegations of parental abuse.
Kirk admitted that he and Kerrion had had a tumultuous relationship for a long time, with the father and son going years without speaking.
Kirk told Tamron that his eldest son has been in and out of therapy for over 20 years and that as he grew older, “his disrespect became more aggressive.”
“Now that he’s about to be 33 as a grown man, the relationship can become very agitated and very frustrated at times,” Kirk said, sitting next to his wife.
But I’m not going to give up on trying to assist.
“He’s my son, my firstborn, and I never want him to go through what I went through growing up without a father…
It’s crucial for me because what if that call is the one that changes everything?”
Despite Kerrion’s comments, the Texas native reassured viewers that there has never been any physical or parental abuse.
“I respect Kerrion,” Kirk continued. However, I am not Kerrion’s equal. I’m not his peer; I’m his father.
“And when you talk to me, especially about things you say you want from me, I can’t hear you when you’re being extremely aggressive when we’re communicating, which is why Kerrion and I haven’t spoken in a year or two.”
Kerrion posted the video to Instagram at the time, writing, “This is why I’m done.” No father should ever speak to his children in this manner. If I have any problems, it’s because of the treatment I’ve received behind closed doors.”
“Hanging up in my face, no apology, no compassion, no effort,” he continued. Stop telling me that I need to return home to my family. “I have no idea where they live.” I don’t think I’ll ever trust my father again if he’s alone with him. This was something I didn’t want to do. I’m not going to release the entire recording because it’s too embarrassing that I’m dealing with this at all.
“Regardless of what others think, I pray that my father overcomes his deep hatred for me. I don’t feel safe in his presence.
“Just to clarify, this recording is not from 2018,” he adds. I’m going to take what I’ve learned from these experiences, live a peaceful life, and create beautiful art.”
Following his father’s apology, the 32-year-old went on to say that he did not accept his father’s apology.