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“My past relationships were a sprinkling of everything - men and women” says Donnie McClurkin

Donnie McClurkin caused a stir at the 2016 Stellar awards when he showed up with singer Nicole C Mullen on his arm. Up until then, the eligible bachelor had never publicly dated. Fans hoping for a McClurkin- Mullen wedding were left confused when Mullen said “yes” to a different man on 30 October 2020.

In a sneak preview of his upcoming TV One Uncensored episode, McClurkin opens up about his failed relationship with Nicole saying: “..I didn’t know how to have the relationship. I didn’t know what a woman wanted. I’ve messed up more than I’ve done good. My past relationships were a sprinkling of everything – men and women. I don’t know how to do this…. I wanna lay down next to someone that’s gonna be with me the rest of my life.” The gospel star seems to have resigned himself to the single life, adding: “I’ll probably be alone for the rest of my life as far as a mate is concerned.”

 McClurkin traces his relationship issues back to his troubled childhood. 6th June 1968 is a date that will forever be etched on his heart. That fateful day, 8-year-old McClurkin ran across the street to get a ball and unbeknown to him, his 2-year-old brother followed. A speeding car hit his brother killing him on the spot. His heartbroken mothers’ words “Get away from me you killed my son” would scar McClurkin for many years to come. On the day of his brother’s funeral, McClurkin was raped by his granduncle. “That residue stayed with me throughout the rest of my childhood,” he said. 

In his book Eternal Victim, Eternal Victor, and documentary From Darkness to Light: The Donnie McClurkin Story, the singer shares how years of sexual abuse led to a twenty-year struggle with homosexuality.

Donnie McClurkin’s story is a testament to the redemptive power of God; potent to heal, deliver and set the captive free.

Written by Akosua DF, Premier Gospel Presenter

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