As one of the most famous men in the world of gospel music, Kirk Franklin has worked hard to maintain a sterling reputation. Thanks to recently released audio from his estranged son, though, Kirk’s public image is being questioned. The audio includes both profanity and threats and comes from a phone call that Kirk had with his son, Kerrion.
What happened with Kirk Franklin and his son?
On March 13, Kerrion posted an audio clip of him and Kirk arguing over the phone on Instagram. In the clip, Kirk can be heard saying, “You need to get you… a– out of the way before I break my foot off in your a–.” Kerrion responds by daring him, and then Kirk says, “I will break your neck. Don’t you ever disrespect me?” Right after that, the call abruptly ends.
In the caption to the post, Kerrion wrote of his father, “I don’t feel safe around him at all.” Following the post, Kirk and Kerrion began trending online, and the argument over the audio-only got more intense after Kirk posted a video of his own on his social media profiles in which he apologized to his fans.
Kirk’s apology video caused more controversy.
In the video, Kirk said that his family’s relationship with his son was “toxic.”
He said, “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. And I’m sincerely sorry to all of you. I sincerely apologize.”