GOSPEL singer Kirk Franklin has been accused of “manipulation and abuse,” by his son Kerrion, 32, after his father called him “aggressive.”
The dad of four addressed the recent backlash that came after his son shared an expletive-laden video showing the two of them arguing.
Kirk and wife Tammy went on Tamron Hall’s talk show to discuss the matter[/caption]
In the video, the 16-time Grammy award winner allegedly mocked his son for being poor and threatened to put his foot in his “skinny motherf***ing a**.”
Following the fallout, the gospel artist and his wife Tammy Collins joined Tamron Hall on her talk show to discuss his relationship with his 32-year-old son and the accusation of parental abuse.
Kirk admitted he and Kerrion had endured a troubled relationship for a long time with the father and son not speaking for years at a time.
Kerrion has accused his father of ‘abuse’ and ‘manipulation’[/caption]
Kirk said that although he respects his son, he is still his dad and not ‘his equal’[/caption]
Revealing that his eldest son has been in and out of therapy for more than 20 years, Kirk told Tamron that as he got older “his disrespect became more aggressive.”
Sitting next to his wife, Kirk said: “Now that he’s about to be 33 as a grown man the relationship at times can become very agitated and very frustrated…but I’m not going to stop trying to help.
“He’s my son, he’s my firstborn, and I never want him to feel what I felt not having a father…It’s important for me because what if that call is the call that things change.”
The Texas native also reassured viewers that despite Kerrion’s comments, there has never been any physical or parental abuse.
Kirk and Kerrion have had a troubled relationship for years[/caption]
Kirk went on: “I respect Kerrion. I’m not Kerrion’s equal though. I’m not his equal, I’m his dad.
“And when you talk to me, especially about things that you say that you want from me, I can’t hear you when you are extremely aggressive when we’re communicating, and that’s why a lot of times, Kerrion and I haven’t talked sometimes for a year or two.”
At the time, Kerrion shared the clip on his Instagram, writing: “This is why I’m done. No father should speak to their children like this. If I have any issues it’s because of this type of treatment that I deal with behind closed doors.”
He continued: “Hanging up in my face, No apology, no compassion, no effort. Stop telling me to go home to my family. I don’t even know where they live.
The award-winning musician can go for years without speaking to his son[/caption]
“I don’t think I’ll ever trust my father to be alone around him ever again. I didn’t want to do this. I probably won’t release the entire recording because it’s too embarrassing that I’m even dealing with this.
“No matter what ppl think I pray my dad deals with his deep hatred toward me. I don’t feel safe around him at all.
Adding: “This recording is recent it is not from 2018 just to clarify. I’m going to learn from these experiences, live my life in peace and make beautiful art.”
After his dad shared his apology, the 32-year-old went on say he didn’t accept his dad’s apology.
Kirk has four children in total, Kerrion is the oldest[/caption]
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He posted: “He apologized to his fans only and not me. This is why I’m done.”
Kerrion went on: “Plz do not crucify my father. I am not here to bash him across the board. I didn’t even cuss in the recording.
“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.”