Kelly Rowland's dad hadn't been in her life since she was 7-years-old when he was abusive to her mother. He's a "new person" and terribly regrets hurting Kelly's mother when they were an item and wants to connect with his daughter before it's too late.

Here's a little of what he had to tell Radar Online...

"It wasn’t physical between me and Kelly’s mom, but there were many days and nights when Kelly would be bawling her eyes out, clutching my leg begging me, ‘Please daddy stop shouting at mummy’. That image of her howling, begging me to stop will haunt me forever.

"I love you with all my heart."

Do you think Kelly will give him the time of day?

SALUTE: Necole Bitchie