Rory Feek,who is known for his Christian faith and for scoring a #1 Christian album with his deceased wife Joey, has recently learnt that his daughter, Hopie, is a lesbian. Rory Feek admits that he finds it a struggle to accept his daughter's sexuality.
In a preview of the country singer-songwriter's upcoming interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Feek revealed that just days after his wife Joey Feek succumbed to a battle with cancer in March 2016, he could tell Hopie had something important she wanted to tell him.
"I said, 'Just tell me, Hopie,' " Feek, 53, remarked. "And she went on to tell me that her friend Wendy was more than her friend, that Wendy and [she] had been dating for almost a year. And that she was in love." (The couple are now engaged.)
After telling her father about her relationship, Hopie was afraid that he would judge her, and wondered whether he would still love her.
"And my first reaction, honestly, was I don't know," Feek remarked. "Because my conservative Christian faith that saved me - the first reaction is that challenges that immensely."
Continuing, he asked himself, "Am I supposed to shun my child now and say, 'No, you can't be in my life until you come around to thinking like I'm thinking?' "
Feek did initially struggle with accepting his daughter's sexuality. But soon came to understand that his only job is 'to love her.'
'The only thing I try to keep in mind is it's her life, it's her choice, it's her faith,' he explained. 'And my job is to love her even when it's hard.'