It’s been five years since Kelly Rowland reunited with her father, Christopher Lovett, after three decades of estrangement. Now the Destiny’s Child singer is opening up about the power of forgiveness.
On Tuesday, Rowland, who is guest co-hosting the fourth hour with Hoda Kotb, was joined by Lovett to share their path to reconciliation.
“I was angry at him, I was disappointed in him, I had all those feelings of abandonment,” Rowland, 41, revealed in a pre-recorded interview. “I didn’t know why he wasn’t there.”
“I think as a kid you just feel like if they’re not there, they don’t want to be,” she continued. “So that’s what I felt, and that feeling sucked.”
When Rowland toured with Destiny’s Child, her security team knew not to let Lovett backstage.
“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,’” she said. “Because here he is watching his daughter … and he doesn’t get to be a part of that.”
Lovett remembered showing up at concerts only to be turned away.
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SOURCE: TODAY Show, Rachel Paula Abrahamson