Kirk Franklin Details Painful Path To Finding Biological Father
Kirk Franklin Details Painful Path To Finding Biological Father: A new documentary on the well-known gospel artist Kirk Franklin’s traumatic adoption experience and how he eventually tracked down his biological father has just been released. The emotional meeting between him and his biological father is captured in the documentary.
The documentary, Father’s Day: A Kirk Franklin Story, takes viewers on a personal journey with the Grammy Award-winning singer, starting with his experience of being raised by a distant relative named Gertrude who was 64 at the time.
Kirk Franklin was raised as an only child and recalled the experience as being “horrible”.
He said in the documentary that “There was never a time I didn’t know I was adopted. It was always a framework of who I was,”
He later found out that the man he had thought was his father was not really his father. He even attended the man’s funeral after receiving the news that he had cancer and was dying in 2017 from an unknown caller.
“I buried the man I thought was my father. I flew to Houston and made peace with him,” he said.
It was claimed that a rumor about Franklin’s father’s identity began to circulate during the funerals of his aunts. The concerned man, who resided nearby, agreed to submit to a DNA test in order to resolve the situation even after his mother called to inform him that the reports were unfounded.
It turned out that the DNA test confirmed that the man was in fact his biological father.
The moment Franklin found out was captured in the documentary.
“This man is my father? My momma lied to me again?” he said, adding that he had “suffered so much as a young man without guidance”.
Franklin said “I struggled with love, intimacy, faith, identity. And to know that the answer was less than 10 minutes away,”
“All I ever wanted was a dad,” said Franklin.