After the R&B singer’s family drama trended all over social media, he spoke out to defend himself. Brian took to Instagram to remind his critics that “there’s always more to every story.”
“Not sure how these posts that have been sitting here this whole time were left out of the false narrative that is trending,” Brian wrote on May 5.
“Abandonment? There’s always more to every story. Stay tuned.”
Commenters noted that Brian’s bio and lengthy captions seemed to intentionally troll his Black biological kids by pretending they don’t exist. Brian’s receipts were screenshots of other Instagram posts he claims show that this wasn’t always the case.
Brian highlighted captions on the throwback pictures from when he and his wife still acknowledged Brian Jr., Niko, and Briana McKnight online. BOSSIP dug deep to find the original posts from 2014 through 2018, so you don’t have to.
Check out the posts Brian claims “were left out of the false narrative” after the jump!
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“Spending my birthday with the 5 people I love the most in the world .. My family thank u baby for making this day the best it can possibly be along with every other day of the year you are my heart and it beats only for u I love you,” the songwriter wrote in June 2016.
Brian posed with Brian Jr., Niko, future wife Leilani Mendoza, and her kids from previous relationships, Julia and Kekoa. Even back then, the sweet sentiment didn’t quite curl over.
The backlash began over Brian seeming to pit his blended family against each other. After Briana McKnight called out their estrangement in 2019, commenters clocked that it still excluded his other children. “Ouch 5 people? Cries in Bri McKnight,” one reply said.
The “Ready to Learn” crooner thanked Leilani for planning the family outing, which also included Brian Jr.’s son.
Leilani praised the musician with pictures from the same dinner in 2018 for Father’s Day.
“The way you father all our children ..love them with all your heart has changed their lives forever. Thank you for always making sure they know how proud you are of them and for always being there for them no matter what…it is because of you that they are the confident loving and successful children they are.
“You would give anything and everything ..move heaven and earth to make us happy . We are all grateful that you are the father that you are. Thank you for being the SUPERHERO of our OHANA…our kids are so blessed to have you babyyyyyy” she wrote.
Next, the screenshots showed the Grammy-winner’s sons supporting his marriage to Leilani. His oldest sons suited up to be best men at his wedding in 2018.
“Two of my three best men are ready and tuxed up for the wedding !!!” he wrote, smiling between his oldest children.
Does it help or hurt Brian’s case that his future wife had more posts about his biological kids than he did? If you scroll “Back At One” on her Instagram, you’ll find more holidays, birthdays, and vacations with Brian Jr., Niko, and Briana.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but the screenshots don’t necessarily disprove the accusations against Brian.
See the other claims unanswered in Brian McKnight’s receipts after the jump!
Do Brian McKnight’s Receipts Disprove The “False Narrative That Is Trending?”
The past photos of the happy family make the family fallout even more tragic. Instagram isn’t everything, but the screenshots show Brian and Leilani once embraced three of his kids in their happy blended family. She also had a selfie session in 2014 with “the cutest 2-year-old in the world,” who might be Brian’s unnamed younger daughter.
However, that doesn’t address all of the accusations against him. The older posts don’t explain the captions called out for “being INTENTIONALLY nasty & antagonistic towards his biological children.”
Brian McKnight being INTENTIONALLY nasty & antagonistic towards his biological children. 🥴
No relationship, fine, I guess, but to have these IG captions about his new wife's GROWN children who aren't his & his half-Black child being the "perfect kids he's always wanted"
— MADAM THIQUE & COZY (@ABitOfKwansLife) May 1, 2023
Loving stepchildren like your own is beautiful, but it’s still wild to say you “became a girl dad” because of “the perfect daughter” he always wanted when he has two of his own.
Brian doesn’t owe the public an explanation about naming his youngest son Brian. Yet both older sons referenced how hurtful the deliberate dig about his new “namesake” was.
— Lo (@solodeauxleaux) April 30, 2023
It’s hard to say it was purely coincidence that he announced that pregnancy on Brian Jr.’s birthday. Niko asked the relatives still in contact with his father to call out the “narcissistic, sociopathic” stunt last year.
“Any of my family on the mcknight side that is still in contact with my dad, Let him know he’s the biggest narcissistic, sociopathic *sshole for posting all of that sh*t on BJs bday. I know you’ve seen how spiteful he’s been since the falling out and I’m really tired of it,” Niko wrote on Facebook.
Briana McKnight referred to her two older brothers as her father figures, revealing, “‘Daddy’s little girl’ was never really a thing for me.”
“I grew up thinking that the things that happened to me and my dad’s relationship was my fault. I grew up thinking that he doesn’t want to come to visit me because he doesn’t love me,” Briana wrote.
“My father hasn’t called to wish me a “happy birthday” in years and yet I sit by the phone every single year hoping that one day his heart will change. I’m so fortunate that I have two brothers who are father figures to me,” she continued.
The issues between Briana and her dad run DEEP.
Briana later took her father to court for allegedly “publicly stating that Briana was a promiscuous and incestuous minor, and thereby (he hoped) undermining Briana’s credibility regarding a post that did not even identify him.”
According to Radar Online, Brian demanded all the details of his daughter’s sexual history in the defamation suit. He denied all wrongdoing by seeming to double down on the initial offense.
Brian reportedly asked his 19-year-old daughter to, “Identify all persons with whom you had sexual contact of any kind prior to August 15, 2019.”
He also insisted that she “Describe each sexual encounter you had prior to August 15, 2019, including the person involved, their age at the time, the place the encounter occurred, and the nature of the encounter (e.g., kissing, holding, petting, intercourse).”
Do you believe Brian McKnight’s throwback receipts disprove that he allegedly “abandoned” or mistreated his biological children?
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