Brian McKnight’s tumultuous connection with his biological children was exposed when they uploaded photos on Instagram with messages claiming he abandoned them. The singer disputed the allegations, admitting that their relationship had been rough for a long time.
Brian McKnight’s relationship with his biological children has been closely monitored since they accused him of abandoning them. The McKnights’ feud has exposed a lot about how the family has drifted apart.
McKnight’s children shared photos on Instagram with messages claiming their father had abandoned them. This prompted him to reject their claims in an exclusive interview, saying that his connection with his biological children was tense even before his divorce, emphasizing the occasions when his previous family made him feel unwelcome in their life.
What did Brian McKnight’s Children say about him?
From his first marriage with Julie Mcknight, the singer/philanthropist has three biological children: two sons and a daughter. From 1990 through 2003, the pair was together for 13 years. McKnight married pediatric neurophysiologist Lelani McPhee in 2007 after divorcing in 2003. He became a stepfather to Lelani’s two children, Julia and Jack McPhee, after marrying her.
The musician has been living with his new family since their marriage. His biological children have had a strained relationship with him since his divorce. He was never referenced in any of their social media posts, as evidenced by the fact that he was never mentioned in any of their posts. However, when they acknowledged him, it was not in a positive manner, bringing their family animosity to the surface.
The feud started when his son Brian McKnight Jr. and daughter Briana McKnight posted on their Instagram accounts about how their father had abandoned his children and grandchildren. Brian Jr., his son, pointed out in a now-deleted post that his father had neglected all of them. Briana’s post is still online, and in it, she goes into great detail about the grief and pain she felt as a result of her father’s negligence.
Briana noted in the caption that she and her father have always been estranged, and that she blamed herself for it. When her calls had to go via someone else before reaching her father, she wrote, she felt terrible. Her father never called to wish her on her birthday, according to the singer’s daughter. She praised her brothers in the caption for being the father figures she needed in her childhood and stated that she wanted to give her side of the tale like her brother Brian Jr.
What does Brian McKnight say about all this?
In an August 2019 interview with The Jasmine Brand, the 90s star flatly disputed his children’s allegations. During the conversation, the singer discussed how his connection with his children has changed over time.
The musician revealed that he never missed a day of child support and was always present for his children. The actor claimed that his children were no longer children, and that he had been a rock for them throughout their youth and in times of need. The benefactor believes the saga began when he uploaded a photo of himself with Lelani’s kid, Jack. The songwriter admitted that his relationship with his daughter had deteriorated even before the divorce.
I guess one of my only faults is that I gave my children everything that I didn’t have in the hopes that they would appreciate it, because I know how much I would have appreciated it when I was their age.
McKnight remembers hearing a rumor about an older cousin over 18 having a sexual relationship with Briana a few years back. The musician, acting as a responsible father, contacted Arizona’s state office for children’s affairs. He claims he never heard from the department, and his ex-wife, Julie, barred him and his family from Briana’s social media accounts after the incident.
The encounter, according to the artist, taught him that they didn’t want him in their lives. He went on to say that he had no idea where all of the charges came from.