[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kelly Rowland[/lastfm] is FINALLY getting the success and accolades she deserves; a hit song “Motivation”, a new album dropping July 26th, and a stint as a judge on U.K.’s “X-Factor”.
The estranged father of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kelly Rowland[/lastfm] is reaching out to his daughter hoping to reconcile with her after 23 years without contact.
Rowland, who is currently judging Simon Cowell’s U.K. X-Factor, has reportedly not seen her biological father Christopher Lovett since she was seven years old. Now Lovett, 65, hopes to change that and sat down for an interview with Britain’s The Daily Mirror where he spoke on his failed relationship with his daughter.
Choking back tears he told The Mirror,
“Kelly, I love you with all my heart. Please forgive me and let me be your dad again.”
According to Lovett, he failed to provide for his family, had a drinking problem and a ‘vicious temper’ that tore his family apart but says he loved his daughter from the very start.
“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 fuelled an anger that I will be ashamed of until my dying day.”
Rowland hasn’t had much contact with him in over two decades, but she previously spoke of her father in an interview saying, “I don’t know where he is but I hope he’s not dead. That would break my heart. I remember my dad being drunk and aggressive towards my mom but not me. I don’t know if he knows who I am or what I’ve done. He must be hiding under a rock if he doesn’t.”
Lovett also made sure to add that he’s not after his celebrity daughter’s money, but just wants to be in her life during his old age.
“I own a big home now and have retired so I don’t want any of Kelly’s fortune, I just want her love. I just hope she does not become such a big star in England on X Factor that she forgets about her dad completely. I’m getting old now – I just hope she reads this and doesn’t leave getting back in touch with me before it is too late.”