The Gospel great took to Instagram late Saturday night and posted a video statement saying:
Many of you know I have an older son named Kerrion Franklin.
In May, he’ll be 33. For many years, we have had a toxic relationship with him as a family.
We’ve tried for many years through counseling, through therapy, to try to rectify this private family matter.
Kirk went on to address the language he used during the altercation with his son.
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.
Watch Kirk’s video statement below:
Moments ago, Kerrion took to Instagram and posted this statement:
I’m finally out of a 14 year deep hole of chaos&confusion. This the last picture I was “allowed to take with my family” 2006 If my freedom my light sparks your interest internally think about the areas in your life could you handle things differently. Imagine being taken all across the world from 3rd grade to High School then never again. If a couple pages out of my reality made you feel some type of way just remember that your children will grow up and gravitate toward you or if provoked for too long. We can love you enough to leave you alone. If my dad continues to self sabotage our progress as a family & ignores me for another 14 years and doesn’t accept me I’ll still be fine. I am breaking the generational curse right now. 14 years not one Dinner, not one cozy Sunday night together. Not invited over for Christmas or any holiday. I am sick of threatening words CONSTANTLY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. I have earned the space to speak how I please about my childhood. None of you have walked in my shoes. I’m going to stay focused and keep busy with my clients & my creativity. I will grow from these experiences. Plz do not crucify my father. I am not here to bash him across the board. I didn’t even cuss in the recording. Why do ppl “assume” I did something to deserve verbal abuse. I just said what he said back to me. my father has been speaking very mean & manipulatively to me for 15 years now. My voice will be heard. I forgive him for the past pain. I am learning everyday on my own, this thing called life. Send positive vibes it’s difficult to focus on my work under these conditions. Yet and still I’m going to stay focused my head is up. #SwankMedia
See Kerrion’s original post below:
Family discord is never easy…especially when it is between a parent and their child(ren).
It’s unfortunate this altercation was made public.
I pray Kirk Franklin and his family will heal and become whole.