After severe backlash, including from his own daughter. T.I. has finally opened up about what he meant with those infamous hymen comments.
He said on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk, “I came to clear up any misconceptions that have been surrounding how we interact and parent and what is appropriate and inappropriate. I think all of this surrounds a conversation that I was having in a very joking manner, when asked how do I deal with parenting in this day and age. And so I just began to, you know, from a place of truth, I began to embellish and exaggerate.”
“And I think that a lot people kind of like took it extremely literal, because if you put any of my reputation about like who I am as a father, who I’ve been, I honestly thought people knew me better than that,” he continued.
The comments took place when T.I. was asked during the Ladies Like Us podcast if he had the sex talk with his daughters. He responded, “Deyjah’s 18, just graduated high school, now she’s attending her first year of college, figuring it out for herself. And, yes, not only have we had the conversation…we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen.”
He also recalled a particular trip after her 16th birthday. He said, “I said, ‘Look doc, she don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports, man, just check the hymen please and give me back my results, expeditiously. But I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact.”
T.I. said he now understands why the issue is so sensitive, adding, “However, my intentions I think have been terribly misconstrued and misconceived. Let me go set this record straight, I never said I was in any exam room, that is an assumption, that is a falsity. 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 mom was present every time.”
The rapper said his comments had been “sensationalised” online.
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