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Kelly Rowland wants to reconcile with estranged dad at Christmas

Singer Kelly Rowland has reached out to her father following years of estrangement in the hope of a reconciliation this Christmas (11).

The former Destiny's Child star has not seen her dad Christopher since she was a child, and has previously claimed his "drunk and aggressive" behaviour prompted her mother to leave him.

Kelly Rowland admitted over the summer (11) she would like to be back in contact with her father, but hadn't decided how to initiate the reunion - and now she has revealed she is determined to end the rift this festive season.

In a clip from Saturday's (19Nov11) edition of Britain's The X Factor, Kelly Rowland, who serves as a judge on the show, says, "It's really important just to forgive my father. I want to meet him this Christmas, because now is the time, because tomorrow's not promised to us.

"I think it's important to forgive people and we move on, we have to. The pain is there, of course it will be there, and it's important to know that forgiveness is the first step towards healing it all."