T.I. appeared on “Red Table Talk” today to attempt to set the record straight about his controversial comments. The rapper made headlines after, in a podcast interview, he said he annually accompanies his now-18-year-old daughter Deyjah to the gynecologist’s office to ensure that she was still a virgin.
He sat down with Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Jones and his wife Tiny. Referring to the controversy as “Hymen-gate,” T.I. said his comments were made “in a very joking manner,” but admitted they did come “from a place of truth.”
He added, “I began to embellish and exaggerate and I think a lot of people took it extremely literal. I honestly thought people knew me better than that.”
“My intentions have been terribly misconstrued and misconceived. I never said I was in any exam room, that is an assumption, that is a falsity. I never said 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. This false narrative has just been sensationalized.”
T.I. adds that both her daughter Deyjah and her mother “welcomed” his presence.
“She did have a problem with me talking about it and I am incredibly apologetic to her about it. She understands my intention, she knows who I am and who I’ve always been. The outside, the noise is distracting, it’s confusing and it’s hurtful and embarrassing.”
The rapper says the reason he didn’t speak out sooner to defend himself is because his daughter told him to just let it go. According to him, she changed her mind telling him “go ahead, make it stop, clear it up.”
Adrienne tells Harris she believed it would be different had he learned his son was sexually active instead of his daughter.
To which he replies, “If my son goes out and gets a girl pregnant, how is the household changed for those nine months? My household is not necessarily changed those 9 months. Whereas, if my daughter comes home, my household is changed immediately. So the stakes are higher.”
Phew. Este pendejo.
Watch the full interview above or directly at the source.