Kirk Franklin has issued an apology after an expletive-filled phone call with his estranged son went viral online.
The 51-year-old gospel singer took to social media on Saturday (March 13) to share a video of himself expressing regret over a scornful phone conversation with his son Kerrion Franklin. During the heated call, which Kerrion leaked on Instagram, the Grammy-winner is allegedly heard yelling that he’d “put my foot in your a–” and “break your neck” if he was ever disrespected.
In his minute-long apology, Franklin — whose name was trending Sunday on Twitter — explained that he’s had a “toxic” relationship with his 32-year-old son over the years and that he’s attempted to remedy their problems through counseling and therapy.
“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,” the singer said. “I am sincerely sorry to all of you, I sincerely apologize.”
Franklin added that his son failed to play a part of the conversation that included the artist calling the family therapist to help intervene.
“I’m not perfect, I’m a human and I’m going to make mistakes, and I’m trying to get it right,” the singer said in closing. “Please keep me and my family in your prayers.”
Watch Franklin’s full apology below.
— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) March 14, 2021