This past Father’s Day, multiple celebrities took to Instagram to share their love for the dads including Kelly Rowland — who shared not one, not two but three posts.
The first two posts honored Tim Weatherspoon, her husband. But when it came to her third Father’s Day tribute, Kelly decided to get vulnerable with her fans by opening up about the moment she reunited with her estranged biological father after 30 years.
“This was the day I met Christopher Lovett, my biological father. This was honestly one of the most pivotal moments in my life!”
“After 30 years of not seeing him, not speaking to him…what would THAT mean, for me, my family, my psyche?”
Kelly eventually discovered after calling him and setting up a meeting in October 2018.
“I was petrified,” Kelly continued. “I was walking to meet him, and my feet suddenly felt like they weighed A TON.”
“Needless to say, I was overcome with anxiety, and I had a full on anxiety attack. In that moment I felt like the abandoned 8 yr old.”
“My team calmed me down. And as I turn the corner, in my head I was cursing this man, ‘Why didn’t you come find me?’ ‘Did you love me?’ ‘Am I worthy?'”
“And when I looked at him, and he looked at me, NOTHING CAME TO MY LIPS, not one word. I felt the Holy Spirit say to me, ‘Listen.'”
“I listened to him, I was nervous to trust him, nervous to forgive him, nervous to love him, nervous about it all. And the truth is, I already loved him.”
After the meeting, Kelly looked to her husband and those closest to her and they all encouraged the same thing: forgive him.
“I have forgiven and we have spoken everyday since! I have come to know SO much about myself, my family history, and even where my love of music & voice have come from!”
“We are making up for lost time, and when I tell you, him telling me how smart and beautiful I am….will never get old!”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.