T.I. 'Incredibly Apologetic' For Comments About Daughter's Virginity
Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris has spoken out following the major backlash he received after making comments about his 18-year-old daughter Deyjah’s virginity.
ICYMI, the 39-year-old recently appeared on podcast Ladies Like Us With Nazanin and Nadia, where made the startling revelation that he takes his eldest daughter, Deyjah, to the gynaecologist every year for a "hymen check" to make sure she’s still a virgin.
After his comments received major criticism, to the point where the podcast hosts deleted the episode, the "Whatever You Like" rapper has now opened up on Jada Pinkett Smith's 'Red Table Talk', where he attempted to clarify what he meant.
“I came to clear up any misconceptions that have been surrounding how we interact and parent and what is appropriate and inappropriate,” he began, claiming he was “very joking.”
"From a place of truth, I began to embellish and exaggerate and I think a lot of people took it extremely literal,” he added, saying he now "absolutely" understands the severity of what he said.
He said the gynaecologist trips took place when his daughter was younger, and while she didn't have an issue with the visits, she also didn't appreciate her father announcing it to the world -- which is... very understandable.
"I never said I was in any exam room, that is an assumption, that is a falsity," he revealed.
"I never said that it was being done present day as an 18-year-old...and I never said that her mother wasn't present. Her mum was present every time."
“She did have a problem with me talking about it, however, and I understand that, and I am incredibly apologetic to her for that,” T.I. continued.
“She understands my intentions and she knows who I am, who I’ve always been.”
He claimed his actions weren't a means of controlling his daughter, but said he wanted to protect her.
“I am here to protect all of the children from themselves until they make it to a point where they have awareness, a sense of self and discernment to be able to make certain decisions on their own that will impact their lives indefinitely,” he said.
“I’m not there to protect necessarily virginity, I just know that is a big move.”
“That’s different -- that’s education,” Pinkett Smith retorted.
You can check out the full episode of 'Red Table Talk' with T.I. and wife Tiny below.
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