It s been three years since R&B singer Kelly Rowland “reportedly” set out to find her biological father who she had not seen since she was eight years old Well now, after the ‘Motivation’ songstress tops the charts, her father looks to reach out to her. Why would he come forward now after all this time you may ask? Sixty-five-year-old Christopher Lovett recently spoke with UK media outlet The Sunday Mirror in hopes that Rowland would embrace him and forgive him. Lovett expressed that he has not seen his daughter in 13 years and admits that it was his extensive alcohol abuse and out-of-control temper that caused their estrangement. In his public plea to reconcile with his superstar daughter, he apologized for becoming an alcoholic and not providing for his family. Lovett also stresses the fact that not all memories with his family were bad ones and even reminisces on times when he and Rowland would sing some of their favorite Stevie Wonder Songs together.
In an excerpt from the interview with the UK paper, Lovett continues to express his desperation for the forgiveness of his daughter in the interview: “Kelly, I love you with all my heart. Please forgive me and let me be your dad again.[…] I loved her from the moment she took her first breath. I remember as clear as day Kelly and I singing together, from the moment she could talk. Our favorite songs were by Stevie Wonder. I would put one headphone in my ear and the other in hers and we would sing and sing, so happy to be together. But then 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 fueled 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, clutching my leg begging me, ‘Please daddy stop shouting at mommy’. That image of her howling, begging me to stop will haunt me forever. 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. That’s why there is a room in my house which I have decorated especially for Kelly, just in case she comes through the front door.”
I don’t know, all this pleading is almost a little too desperate. It’s almost as if he wants a little more than reconciliation from his daughter — a few zeros and dollar signs perhaps? There is no telling what the “real deal” is, but one can only hope that he truly is sincere. While he hopes for the day that he can “make it up to her,” Kelly has previously spoken of her father who she once described as a “drunk and aggressive” saying: “I don’t know where he is but I hope he’s not dead. That would break my heart.” …Well Ms. Rowland, your father is not dead but he did make sure he had a room prepared special for you just in case you ever “miraculously came home.” (Cue axe murderer movie intro music, now!)