American gospel singer and minister Donnie McClurkin recently opened up about his struggled with homosexuality and doubts that he’ll ever settle down with a woman because he doesn’t know “what they need”. The Grammy winning star has been candid over the years about abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of his great uncle and cousin.
In 2002, McClurkin expressed that because of those incidents in his childhood and an early exposure to adult tapes, which he describes as traumatic, he was “turned” gay. He shared that through will power and prayer, he was able to reverse this. His views on homosexuality and the ability to reverse it has caused some trouble for him politically. He was invited to perform at an event for President Obama but was later uninvited after he spoke out against the legalization of gay marriage.
In 2016, it was reported that McClurkin was in a relationship with fellow christian singer Nicole C. Mullen. At the time, there were rumors that McClurkin and Mullen would be engaged, though the couple later confirmed that they were only dating.
Speaking on marriage McClurkin had the following to say, “Honestly, the only thing in my life that is missing is marriage. The only thing that is missing in my life that can cause real family, is marriage. Financially, I’m there. Spiritually, I’m almost there. Emotionally, I’m getting it together. But the only thing that’s missing out of everything that I’m doing locally, cross country and globally is that aspect that makes family, family — is that wife that would make man whole, that element that brings favor to man.”
Despite his desire to be married, McClurkin fears he may not know how to be with a woman. Speaking with TVOne’s Uncensored he spoke candidly about these fears and his desires for love.
“I didn’t know how to have the relationship. I didn’t know, really, what a woman wanted. I’ve messed up more than I’ve had good. My past relationships are a sprinkling of everything, men and women. I don’t know how to do this. And because of that, when things get rough, I go back into my safe place, my music and my ministry.
I want to lay down next to somebody that’s going to be with me for the rest of my life, I really do. I miss the fact that I did not have the family unit that I could lay next to my spouse with my baby on my chest and be the quintessential dad that raises up a family that I saw in my dreams and wanted in my heart.
So, never having a long term relationship and never being married, I chalked that up. I’ll probably be alone for the rest of my life as far as a mate is concerned.
Happiness is something that’s relative. I’ve got joy. Joy is consistent. Happiness is based on what happens. But joy is a constant type of assurance that everything’s going to be okay.”
Donnie McClurkin’s episode of “UNCENSORED” airs this Easter Sunday at 10/9c on TV One.
Fans responded on twitter.
I want Donnie McClurkin to live in his truth smh that’s very sad— The Casual Sex Captain (@jiggyjayy2) March 30, 2021
I love how simple everybody’s solution to Donnie McClurkin’s love dilemma is. That if he just came out and embraced his queer side, he will find love.— Melaninaire King (@AnthroNerd) March 30, 2021
How many of yall who are openly gay are still single?
Okay I joke but that video of Donnie McClurkin has really rattled me. The same place where he found his gift, his career and his community has condemned him to a life of loneliness because he has no idea what it means to be a gay man— Sundi (@JohMyWord) March 30, 2021