Over the weekend, the Internet was buzzing after audio of an argument between Kirk Franklin and his son was leaked to the timeline. In the audio, released by his son, Kerrion, Franklin can be heard stating he would “put my foot in your ass” if he was disrespected.

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Kerrion stated he was done with his father, noting “No father should speak to their children like this.”

Franklin would issue an apology on Twitter following the online uproar.


“Many of you know I have an older son named Kerrion Franklin. In May, he’ll be 33. For many years, we’ve had a toxic relationship with him as a family. We tried for many years through counseling, through therapy, to try and rectify this private family matter.”

– Kirk Franklin

“Recently, my son and I had an argument that he chose to record. I felt extremely disrespected in that conversation and I lost my temper. I said words that were not appropriate and I am sincerely sorry to all of you. I sincerely apologize,” Franklin added.

Franklin would also reveal that he called a family therapist to help with the situation. In return, Kerrion asked fans to not “crucify” his father. He would go on to add “my father has been speaking very mean & manipulatively to me for 15 years now.