Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is embracing his freedom with some big changes in his life: He’s getting remarried, plans to join the ministry and is leaving politics for good, according to Deadline Detroit.
In an interview with Deadline Detroit’s Allan Lengel, Kilpatrick said that he is leaving politics to join the ministry, and is engaged to be married to a Detroit woman.
“I know that’s what I’m supposed to be doing,” he told Deadline Detroit of his ministry plans. “I can’t imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life.”
As for who the new love of his life is, Kilpatrick would not offer any details, Lengel said during a Tuesday appearance on the ML Soul of Detroit podcast.
“He did not want to talk much about that. He just told me that he just asked her to marry him and she said yes. I asked is there a date and he said, ‘not yet … (but) we’re going to make it happen.’ “
Lengel said that he also asked the ex-mayor whether he had a relationship with his ex-wife, Carlita, but that Kilpatrick told him the two haven’t had an ongoing relationship or ongoing conversations. Kilpatrick said that he and Carlita have only spoken a few times since he has been out of prison, including a conversation that suggests the two are on good terms: “He said, ‘I told her if you ever get married and you bring your funny looking guy around, we’ll have dinner together,’ ” Lengel said.
The Kilpatricks divorced in 2018, a personal event that Kilpatrick disclosed on Facebook while he was serving his prison sentence. Kilpatrick’s downfall started in 2008 after the Free Press published text messages that showed Kilpatrick lied during a police whistleblower trial when he testified that he did not have an affair with his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, and gave misleading testimony about the firing of a deputy police chief.
Kilpatrick, who was mayor from 2002-08, was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison following his 2013 conviction on a slew of public corruption crimes, including racketeering, bribery, fraud and extortion.
Kilpatrick lost all appeals following his sentence. In the end, he managed to convince
Trump concluded that Kilpatrick was not a threat to society and had paid his dues for his crimes, and released him.
Since then, Kilpatrick has stayed unusually quiet about his life, opening up for the first time to Deadline Detroit, which published excerpts from that 1½-hour interview.
As for his public corruption conviction, Kilpatrick denied being involved in bid rigging — which was a big theme at his federal trial — admitting to Deadline Detroit only the following: “I’m really in a position now where I just hope that people see the fruit of my repentance from that.”
He also credited businessman Pete Karmanos Jr., who made a personal appeal to Trump on Kilpatrick’s behalf, for his release.
Kilpatrick announced he will preach at two Detroit churches this Sunday. The first one at 8:30 a.m. will be prerecorded. He will also speak at Little Rock Baptist at about 10:30 a.m., during the 10 a.m. service.
“So it’s going to be my hometown debut,” he told Deadline Detroit. “This is the first time that I’ve done anything public since getting out of prison.”