Kirk Franklin
Kirk Franklin

Grammy award winning singer and song writer Kirk Franklin has finally met his dad. 

Speaking to People Magazine, Franklin said his life before his career was horrific.

"I lived being bullied as a kid. I had a learning disorder, I failed out of high school. I got a young lady pregnant when I was 17 and the church crucified me for it," he says, recalling his early hardships. "It's like I never had anybody take up for me or who had my back," he told the publication


He speaks of the woman who adopted him "She was 64. She was a widow and did the best she could when I was young. She got on government aid and would find money to pay for my piano lessons. But by 12 or 13 I felt abandoned by her because I could tell I became more of an irritant. I wanted to date and go out and I always felt like I was inconveniencing her. It just added to the feeling of displacement."

Franklin was angry at the fact that he did not have a father and the one he believed to be his dad would dare show up once when his life seemed to have some sense of order "Same for my biological mother," he said.

But recently, a man named Richard Hubbard claimed that he dated Franklin's mother and the DNA came out positive.


The man lived in the same neighborhood Franklin grew up.

"To live over half a century with somebody who lived in the same city as you. I suffered so much as a young man without guidance. I struggled with love, intimacy, faith, identity. And to know that the answer was less than 10 minutes away."