Singer Kelly Rowland has been open about her relationship with her father, Christopher Lovett, and their 30-year estrangement.
Although the two have reunited five years ago, Rowland is now talking about the power of forgiveness. While guest co-hosting with Hoda Kotb, the singer was joined with her father as they discussed their path of forgiveness and reconciliation.
“I was angry at him, I was disappointed in him, I had all those feelings of abandonment,” Rowland said. “I didn’t know why he wasn’t there.”
She continued, “I think as a kid you just feel like if they’re not there, they don’t want to be. So that’s what I felt, and that feeling sucked.”
Kelly also went on to reveal that Lovett was not allowed backstage while she was on tour with Destiny’s Child.
“I didn’t want to deal with that at the time. And now that I think about it, I’m like, ‘Ugh. That must have felt terrible’ because here he is watching his daughter and he doesn’t get to be a part of that.”
Lovett would add that it was sad being turned away at the concerts. Kelly’s change of heart came after the birth of her first son, Titan, in 2014, and that fact that she was still grieving the loss of her mother, Doris Rowland Garrison.
“I said, ‘I really need to know him. I want to meet him,’” the mother of two said. “I think I had these feelings of like, ‘Oh my God, I have no parents.’ And it was like, no you do, you have one left.”
They would meet face to face at a hotel in Atlanta where they talked for two hours, where she learned about her dad’s childhood. She stated that she needed to hear his side of the story.
Watch the interview below.