TI Apologizes for Embarrassing Daughter Deyjah after Gynecologic Visit Scandal on 'Red Table Talk' and Says He Was Joking
T.I has offered a public apology to his daughter Deyjah Harris following controversial remarks he made about having her hymen checked at the gynecologist's office. The rapper, however, insists that his comments were misunderstood.
Earlier this month, T.I (birth name Clifford Harris Jr.) sparked outrage after revealing that he held an annual hymen check to ascertain his daughter’s virginity.
While appearing on the "Ladies Like Us" podcast, T.I was asked if he had the "sex talk" with his daughters. The rapper has only two biological daughters: Deyjah, who he shares with Ms. Niko, and three-year-old Heiress, his daughter with wife Tiny.
The rapper claimed his previous silence was out of respect for Deyjah’s wishes and that he had her permission to come on "Red Table Talk."
T.I eagerly answered the question, claiming that, as a father, he does much more than just discuss sex with his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah.
"Not only have we had the conversation...we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen," he said, per E! News.
T.I then recalled going with Deyjah on one such doctor's trip after her 16th birthday. He implied that he encouraged the young lady to sign a waiver that allowed the doctor share information with her father.
"I said, 'Look doc, she don't ride no horses, she don't ride no bike, she don't play no sports, man," T.I recalled telling the expert after he was informed that a broken hymen does not necessarily mean a female has lost her virginity. "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," he disclosed on the podcast.
Fans and celebrities alike criticized T.I's comments, with many accusing him of being controlling and possessive. Others pointed out that the rapper wasn’t so concerned when his and Tiny’s 15-year-old son, King, admitted earlier this year that he was already sexually active.
Deyjah herself seemed not to be fond of her father’s invasion of privacy. The teenager reportedly liked several posts bashing T.I before unfollowing him and her stepmother, Tiny, on social media. As at the time of writing, Deyjah has also deactivated all her accounts.
T.I remained quiet amid the media firestorm until Monday when he broke his silence on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch show "Red Table Talk."
T.I, 39, appeared on the show alongside his wife, and they both attempted to clear things up. For one, the rapper claimed his previous silence was out of respect for Deyjah’s wishes and that he had her permission to come on "Red Table Talk."
T.I’s apology to Deyjah went thus:
"I am incredibly apologetic to her for that. To you, sweet baby Deyjah. Not to any of these other strangers or any of these weirdos who, you know, just kinda toss lies around for fun. She [Deyjah] understands my intentions, she knows who I am. She knows who I’ve always been."
The "Whatever You Like" rapper also insisted that his intentions have been "terribly misconstrued and misconceived."
"All of this surrounds a conversation that I was having in a very joking manner," T.I claimed. "I just began to, you know, from a place of truth, I began to embellish and exaggerate, and I think that a lot of people kind of like took it extremely literal."
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