Brian McKnight recently revealed that he has legally changed his name to become a senior to his newborn son.
“So proud to introduce our son BRIAN KAINOA MAKOA JR.,” the “Back at One” singer, 54, captioned his Instagram post that includes a picture of the baby’s face.
“To the world with the release of my new album lovingly created for him. JR. because I am also proud to officially announce that I have legally changed my name to exactly match my legacy’s.”
The 17-time Grammy nominee shares the 9-month-old with his wife Leilani Mendoza and added that his legal name is now Brian Kainoa Makoa McKnight Sr.
Critics have slammed the singer because he was already a senior to his eldest son, Brian McKnight Jr. Fans have called him out, saying he’s wicked and vile for again severing an already damaged relationship with his other children: McKnight Jr., Niko, Briana and Clyde-children from his previous relationships.
“I’ve never seen anyone proudly demonstrate how much they hate their children like Brian McKnight, one user tweeted. “Changing his name to match the new baby when he’s already got a Jr is next level cruel. he’s a trash human being for not only doing it but also putting it on display to the world.”
“This is just…there are no words to describe how much of a vile human being you have to be to hurt your first born son, by doing some mess like this! #BrianMcknight is truly disgusting for this!” another posted.
McKnight Jr. responded to the news of his father’s name change with a post on Instagram Saturday after a fan suggested he should change his name to not be attached to his father.
“I’m not ashamed of the name my ancestors had,” he replied. “I’ll never change the name my own son now has. We are witnessing an obscene level of self hate, that has reached mental illness status at this point.”
“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.”