Imagine being the son of a man that proclaims to be a loving, God-fearing, Christian individual that continuously promotes God’s love and kindness to the world, yet this same man does not give you that same love. Gospel legend Kirk Franklin has been respected over the years by many, but his estranged son is stating that all is not what it seems to be.
There was a time that Kirk Franklin and his first-born son, Kerrion, seemingly shared a bond like no other. The Grammy-Award winning artist even featured his son on the outro to his 2005 album Hero, where Kerrion is heard giving a spoken word piece.
It would appear that things have definitely changed for the worse between the father-son duo. According to a recent Instagram post that is reaching viral status, the gospel singer has cut Kerrion off from his family to the point that he is unable to have keepsakes from his childhood.
Kerrion Franklin’s Instagram post reads, “I’m not allowed to have any childhood pictures of myself or my family. Some of the s**t [I] yaw [sic] complain about is so surface. I’ve been through the fire.” He then captions it, “I know the damage you’ve been through even if [I] dunno what you been through.”
Supporters quickly flooded the comment section in shock that the consistent promoter of both “God’s love” and love in general would allegedly treat his son this way. One fan’s shock prompted Kerrion to reply directly saying that he has “waited for 14 years for my fam to show love” and that he is done waiting.
The same fan shared that she grew up on his father’s music and it is her hope that the gospel legend is not involved in keeping Kerrion from the fold. Kerrion responds saying, “he the source yaw so delusional. Keep hoping tho. I hope yaw wake up. Wake me up when everybody done playing woke.”
It is a sad turn of events after Kirk Franklin shared in 2018 that he had reconnected with his dying biological father with whom he had no prior relationship. Franklin, who was given up for adoption as a toddler, shared that the experience led him to resent his parents.
“I took my hate for him and used it as fuel to be the best father I could be for my own. But what I did wrong, is I never took that fuel, and turn it into forgiveness….and that is wrong,” he shared in a Facebook post. “Wrong for him, me, and the God I proclaim to represent. How can I preach what I don’t practice?”
Franklin’s words come off hypocritical after his estranged son’s accusations. This is not the first time that he’s expressed disdain toward his father. In the same year, Kerrion accused his father of trying to end his life. “My own father is trying to k*ll me,” Kerrion claimed in a since deleted Instagram post. “If anything happens to me its [Kirk Franklin] sneaky a**. A lot of funny [stuff] been happening and he’s in LA right now hiding from me and ii havent heard from him. So I’m just leaving this here for safety purposes. I cant deal with this on my own anymore. I’m done. My life is too valuable…in real time.'”