Grammy-winning gospel singer Kirk Franklin is apologizing after his son Kerrion released footage of his dad hurling profanity during an argument.
Kirk appeared on Wednesday’s “The Tamron Hall” show alongside his wife Tammy Collins, where he was asked about the clip in question.
Despite Kerrion being 32 years old, he’s alleging child abuse.
Kirk insisted during a sneak peek clip released by “Good Morning America“, “I know the truth and he knows the truth and I love him. I am confident there hasn’t been any physical abuse.
“We have had therapy sessions enough to know what the deeper issue is, we are just trying to help our son,” admitting their relationship had been challenging.
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“I respect Kerrion. I’m not Kerrion’s equal though… I’m his dad,” Kirk said during his “Tamron Hall” interview. “I can’t hear you when you are extremely aggressive when we’re communicating.”
He added of the accusations of parental abuse: “I love my son and I have tried very privately to keep all of the areas that we’ve been working with him in counselling as a private matter.
“We’ve been having challenges with my oldest son for years. And again, as he’s gotten older, his disrespect has become more aggressive. But I’m confident that his mother, myself, Tammy, my family, there’s never been anything physical that concerns me, or even makes me uncomfortable because I know the truth, he knows the truth, and I love him and as a grown man I am still this dad and when it becomes aggressive, I still have to have a level of respect, I got to have — I’m still your daddy.”
Kirk shared of the disappointed reactions he’d received from his fans: “People have every right to be disappointed to hear me use that language, I’m disappointed in myself for using that language. And at the same time, I’m human.
“I’m a father, and I’m a father that has a son, and I have a history, I have a history of a toxic, challenging, turbulent relationship with a grown man now that I’m still trying to fight for. And in that fight it can become so difficult that my humanity, unfortunately that day, won. And I’m going to keep trying, while still continuing to admit that I am an imperfect man fighting to serve a perfect God.”
The musician recently released an apology video on Twitter, in which he said: “Recently my son and I had an argument that he chose to record.
“I felt extremely disrespected in that conversation and I lost my temper and I said words that are not appropriate and I am sincerely sorry to all of you. I sincerely apologize.”
He called their relationship “toxic.”
— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) March 14, 2021