Back in 2011, 32-year-old singer Kelly Rowland opened up to Cosmopolitan UK about the estranged relationship that she has with her father, Christopher Lovett, whom she hasn’t seen since what was about 10 years old. Like many stories, Kelly admits that when Christopher abandoned her mom, he left her too.
“I haven’t seen my dad for almost 20 years. It’s nothing I want a pity party for. He left me and my mom, and I was angry,”the X-Factor judge confessed.
As to be expected, the former Destiny’s Child singer says that her father’s absence caused her a lot of pain growing up.
“I wanted to be a daddy’s girl so bad. God damn The Cosby Show because that made me think, ‘Why isn’t my family like that?’ But this is not a perfect world.”
A few years ago, Christopher tried to reach out to his daughter through a tabloid magazine. Though Kelly admits that she wishes he went about contacting her differently, she says that she is ready to face him.
“He reached out to me saying he wanted to see me, but it’s unfortunate he did it so publicly.I want to meet him, and soon, I really do. I forgave him a long time ago.”
Two years later, a reunion has yet to occur and she tells ESSENCE that she’s not really sure why.
“I haven’t. I don’t know what’s stopping me because I’ve had opportunities. But it really is time. I probably need to ask my therapist about it.”