T.I. is “incredibly apologetic” to his daughter Deyjah after he claimed he takes her to the gynaecologist every year to check she’s still a virgin.
The 39-year-old rapper came under fire earlier this month when he admitted he takes his 18-year-old daughter to the gynaecologist every year to make sure her hymen is still intact.
And he has now extended his apologies for his comments but insisted he’s only apologising to Deyjah, and not the “weirdos” who he claims have been “tossing lies around” about him and twisting his words.
He said: “There was never any objection. She did have a problem with me talking about it, however. And I understand that, and I am incredibly apologetic to her for that. To her. Not to any of these other strangers, any of the weirdos, who just kind of toss lies around for fun. She understands my intentions, and she knows who I am. She knows who I’ve always been. And I think that allows a certain level of understanding.”
The ‘Live Your Life’ hitmaker went on to insist he’d made his comments as a “joke”, and slammed his critics for taking his words seriously.
“I think all of this surrounds a conversation I was having in a very joking manner when asked how I deal with parenting.”— T.I.
He explained: “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 I was having in a very joking manner when asked how I deal with parenting in this day and age. From a place of truth, I began to embellish and exaggerate and I think a lot of people took it extremely literal.”
And T.I. – who also has three-year-old daughter Heiress, as well as sons Messiah, 19, Domani, 18, Clifford, 15, and Major, 11 – claims his comments didn’t come from a place of trying to control his daughter.
Speaking during an interview with Jada Pinkett Smith for her Facebook Watch show ‘Red Table Talk’, he said: “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. I’m not there to protect necessarily virginity, I just know that is a big move.”
T.I. made his original comments on ‘Ladies Like Us’ podcast, where the rapper – whose songs often feature lyrics about sex – opened up about accompanying Deyjah to her annual check-up.