While some fans are congratulating Brian McKnight on the birth of his new son with Hawaiian wife Dr. Leilani McKnight, other fans are blasting the singer for the child’s name choice and disclaiming his black children.
Here is the story and the backstory.
Brian Mcknight & Wife Welcome New Baby Boy
Brian McKnight and his wife Leilani, 45, are proud parents of a baby boy! The singer-songwriter took to Instagram to announce the birth of their son, Brian Kainoa Makoa McKnight.
“God’s greatest gift, our son is here,” Brian captioned an Instagram photo on Monday (Jan. 23). “We are so in love!!!!”
The married couple, who share three children, first announced they were expecting their “rainbow baby” in November 2022. The baby announcement came months after Brian shared the sad news that their son Kekoa passed away.
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SOCIAL MEDIA COMPLAINS ABOUT THE NAME MCKNIGHT’S NEWBORN BABY
Atlanta Black Star Reports: Quite a few fans in on social media wondered what inspired the couple to name their child Brian McKnight Jr. when the “Back At One” singer already has an older son named Brian McKnight Jr.
“Wait… your oldest is named Brian McKnight Jr, then you turn around and name this one Brian McKnight?… the audacity”
“Doesn’t he already have a son named Brian?”
“Not he disowned the first Brian Jr and decided to start back at one”
“But his disowned his older black children.”
McKnight has previously faced backlash from fans after being accused of abandoning his Black biological children from previous relationships: Brian McKnight Jr., Niko McKnight, and Briana McKnight, following his recent act of purchasing a 2023 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, for his wife’s daughter, Julia aka Jules.
Leilani also has a son, Jack, from a previous relationship.
Brian McKnight not claiming his Black kids is insane. pic.twitter.com/eZ41VY2Bfk
— Tamantha 👸🏾 (@Tamantha_5) May 10, 2022
His three children have even called him out in the past on social media for reportedly disowning them. McKnight’s second son, Niko, recently blasted his father for being “the biggest narcissistic, sociopathic a–hole.”
In 2019, McKnight’s eldest Jr. criticized him in a now-deleted Instagram post, stating that he “abandoned” him as well as his siblings.
“I don’t think there is any situation that merits the way my father has chosen to treat my brother, my sisters, and his grandchildren, one of which being his first born’s, first born son, who also bares our name,” he wrote.
McKnight’s daughter, Briana, joined her older brother in outing her father for, she says, constantly putting her “behind other kids that he would call his own while I’m cast into a land far, far away in the back of his mind.”
Disputing his children’s claims with a six-minute video, the 53-year-old denied any acts of him being a deadbeat father, suggesting that he and his offspring, which don’t follow him on any social media platform, fall into the “estranged” category.