Earlier this month, Ky-mani Marley, son of the late Bob Marley, released his biographical book Dear Dad: Where’s the family in our family, today? Ky-mani worked with self-made entrepreneur Farrah Gray to release the book but not without some controversy. According to Ky-mani Marley, Dr. Farrah Gray made some unauthorized edits to the book and, as a result, Marley is not standing behind it.
Shortly after the book was released, Ky-Mani Marley issued the following statement:
“I’ve done many things that I am not proud of. I have turned what was largely a destructive lifestyle and turned it into a constructive one. I chose to share my story with the hope that many may be moved to something more positive by the end of the book.I partnered with a gentleman, Dr. Farrah Gray, who I grew to have a great deal of respect for. My journey writing the book was initially very easy and I thought we had built a relationship of respect, if nothing else.During the final edit of the book, I spoke with my sister, Cedella, and I advised Dr. Farrah Gray that some changes had to be made and until the changes were made, I was not willing to do any promotion for the book. I could NOT support and promote something that is not 100% mine and that I believe in. Dr. Gray apparantly thought that by turning something that was written from the heart into something seemingly malicious was going to benefit him in some way.I did not mean to hurt anyone… The book was only to tell my story, as I know it… What I was led to believe while growing up. The book was not an attack on my family! I love my brothers and sisters more than anyone can know.I did not expect that Dr. Gray would have unprofessional and malicious in twisting my words or using things that were discussed in confidence to create controversy in an attempt to sell a book.I did NOT authorize him to make any changes to the cover of my book nor do I condone any of the captions he has written!At this point I do not know if the content of the book has been altered in any way due to the fact that I have not communicated with Dr. Farrah Gray in over a month because he has neither accepted nor returned any of my phone calls.”