LeBron James grew up without a father.
Raised by his mother, Gloria Marie James, the 29-year old is now well and truly at the pinnacle of his sport.
He has won two consecutive NBA titles with the Miami Heat on the court, and earns millions off it as one of the worlds most recognizable sports stars,
And it seems LeBron believes not having a father in his life actually helped him reach the top.
In a letter directed at his father, reported to be a Anthony McClleland, posted to his official Instagram account, James wrote passionately about his motivation:
"Wow, dad, you know what, I don't know you, I have no idea who you are, but because of you is part of the reason who I am today," the star wrote.
"The fuel that I use - you not being there - it's part of the reason I grew up to become who I am. It's part of the reason why I want to be hands-on with my endeavors."
James remains an immovable force at the top of the NBA, on course to challenge for another MVP Award (that would be his fifth), and a third Championship with the Heat franchise.
And in the message posted to social media, LeBron is clear that all this might not have been possible had he had a more traditionally upbringing:
"Me in a position allowing people around me to grow, that maybe wouldn't have happened if I had two parents, two sisters, a dog, and a picket fence, you know?," the star concluded.
The defiant tone of the message is fairly emblematic of James.
And his strong persona has clearly struck a cord with fans. The message has been 'liked' over 146 thousand times by fans since it was posted.