Family Affair: Kelly Rowland Says She’s Ready To Reunite With Her Estranged Father

20
Nov

Kelly Rowland is ready to “forgive” her father over this holiday season. The singer, who has not seen her father, Christopher Lovett, since she was seven-years-old, says she is ready to spend some time with him during the Christmas holiday.

In an interview with the UK version of ‘The X Factor’, which will air tomorrow, Kelly says:

“It’s really important just to forgive my father. I want to meet him this Christmas, because now is the time, because tomorrow’s not promised to us.”

Kelly is a mentor to the girls on “The X Factor” and will be seen talking to Misha B, who has suffered similar emotional problems after being abandoned by her mother as a baby. Kelly’s mother walked out on her father when he started to abuse alcohol after losing his job.

“I think it’s important to forgive people and we move on, we have to,” Kelly says on the show. “The pain is there, of course it will be there, and it’s important to know that forgiveness is the first step towards healing it all.”

Christopher, 65, reached out to Kelly earlier this year, asking for forgiveness and saying he wanted to finally step up and be a father to her. Christopher explained his actions during her childhood:

“Kelly, I love you with all my heart. Please forgive me and let me be your dad again. I lost my job at a transportation company, sank into a depression about money and began drinking more and more. The failure to provide for my family fuelled an anger that I will be ashamed of until my dying day. It wasn’t physical between me and Kelly’s mom, but there were many days and nights when Kelly would be bawling her eyes out. I really hoped I would get to make it up to her. Sadly I am still waiting for that day. But I can’t give up hope,” he said.

While Kelly admits she is happy to hear from her father after so long, she adds that it would have been better to have been more discreet in trying to contact her.

“He reached out to me, saying he wanted to see me but it’s unfortunate he did it so publicly,” she said.

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