Brian McKnight isn’t winning any dad points with his older children, it seems. The famed singer is facing backlash for changing his name to match his newborn son’s amidst claims from his older children that he has abandoned his fatherly duties toward them.
The “One Last Cry” artist shared to social media on Oct. 27 of his newest son being of his “legacy.” The 9-month-old’s name, Brian Kainoa Makoa Jr., was displayed alongside his face, as posted to the musician’s official accounts.
McKnight also announced that he has legally changed his own name to match his youngest son’s, with his latest music project also dedicated to the infant.
“To the world with the release of my new album lovingly created for him. JR,” said the 54-year-old. “Because I am also proud to officially announce that I have legally changed my name to exactly match my legacy’s.”
The multi-Grammy nominee’s legal name is now Brian Kainoa Makoa McKnight Sr. However, McKnight already has a son named after him, thus the move signals that he is disassociating himself to his original legacy and family, his critics say, according to Page Six.
As the controversy looms over, McKnight Jr., who is a musician himself, shared his thoughts after it was suggested that he change his own name.
“I’m not ashamed of the name my ancestors had,” he replied to comment on Instagram. “I’ll never change the name my own son now has.”
And, perhaps targeted at his father, he said, “We are witnessing an obscene level of self hate, that has reached mental illness status at this point.”
He continued on, warning that the truth on his father’s real “character” will be revealed soon,
“Legacy isn’t in the name. It’s in the character of the people. It will all be quite clear soon, just who’s on the right side of all this, because there’s no escaping what’s coming.”
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Source: Black Enterprise