In a candid new interview, Donnie McClurkin admits he has struggled in past relationships and feels hopeless about finding love.
The legendary gospel artist sat down with TV One’s autobiographical series Uncensored to discuss his music career, overcoming adversity and his unsuccessful search for a long-term relationship.
In a preview clip for the episode, McClurkin admits, “I’ll probably be alone for the rest of my life.”
The Grammy-winning performer has previously said he was the victim of childhood molestation and traumatic exposure to pornography. In a 2002 column, McClurkin wrote that he was raped at age eight, and spent years wrestling with homosexuality.
In 2016, it was reported that he was in a relationship with singer-songwriter Nicole C. Mullen.
The “We Fall Down” singer tells Uncensored why the relationship ended. “I didn’t know how to have the relationship. I didn’t know, really, what a woman wanted,” McClurkin says.
As he pours his heart out, McClurkin addresses his other past relationships.
“I’ve messed up more than I’ve had good. My past relationships were a sprinkling of everything — men and women. I don’t know how to do this. Because of that, when things get rough, I go back into my safe place — my music and my ministry,” he says.
The 61-year-old minister admits he is tired of being alone. “I want to lay down next to somebody that’s going to be with me for the rest of my life, I really do,” he says.
McClurkin is the latest celebrity to sit down with Uncensored. Previous interview subjects include Tisha Campbell who spoke out about the trauma of being sexually abused as a child. LisaRaye McCoy discussed the collapse of her marriage to former Turks and Caicos premier Michael Misick, and Omari Hardwick got candid about his family.
The Donnie McClurkin episode of Uncensored airs this Sunday, April 4. Music series Unsung leads the night with Hezekiah Walker at 9 p.m. ET/8C, immediately followed by Uncensored at 10 p.m. ET/9C.
Watch the preview clip of Uncensored below.