Pastor Jamal Bryant apologized to Kevin Samuels’ family after disparaging the late social media star during his sermon on Mother’s Day.
On Monday, the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church pastor took to Instagram to send his “deepest condolences and apologies” to Samuels’ loved ones after he referenced a GoFundMe campaign launched in response to the YouTube personality’s sudden death on May 5.
“Thank you to all who purposed to keep me accountable,” Bryant captioned the post. “We grow from mistakes and birth maturity. Humility will always defeat arrogance. We grow as we go!”
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“The sound of your offense should be at the same volume as your apology,” Bryant said in his Sunday sermon.
Standing at the pulpit, Bryant took “full accountability” after referencing a since-debunked GoFundMe page created by Samuels’ friend Melanie King.
“How can a man say you are of low value after 35?” Bryant asked his congregation before claiming, “that man has to get a GoFundMe for his funeral.”
Bryant was referencing one of Samuels’ last videos where he referred to unmarried women over the age of 35 as “leftovers.” The pastor, and ex-husband of The Real Housewives of Potomac star Gizelle Bryant, felt the need to take aim at Samuels’ death and what he believed was a campaign to fund the late influencer’s funeral.
Samuels’ family has asked for privacy as they mourn his loss. His mother, Beverly Samuels-Burch, revealed that she learned of her son’s death on social media.
“That was a terrible thing for social media to put that out. I didn’t even know. I hadn’t even been notified,” she told NBC News. “All I’m doing is requesting that people pray for us.”