The hosts of “The Real” did not mince their words when it came to the controversy surrounding T.I. and his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris.
In a “Red Table Talk” interview published Monday, the “Whatever You Like” rapper — sitting alongside wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris — elaborated on his previous comments where he said he goes to the gynecologist with the teenager to make sure “her hymen is still intact.”
While speaking to host Jada Pinkett Smith, the musician said his interview with the “Ladies Like Us with Nazanin and Nadia” podcast was “terribly misconstrued and misconceived,” and slams the “false narrative” that “has been sensationalized” by the media.
“Let me go set this record straight. I never said I was in any exam room. That is an assumption. That is a falsity,” he said. “I never said that it was being done present day as an 18-year-old, and I never said that her mother [Ms. Niko] wasn’t present. Her mom was present every time.”
On Tuesday’s live episode of “The Real,” hosts Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai — with guest co-host Tisha Campbell —reacted to the artist’s latest sit-down.
Among her points, Love brought up hip-hop’s long history with misogyny.
“This is the thing. Old school hip-hop has been degrading and been trying to control women for years. That’s the real about it,” she dished. “We’ve been called ------- and ----. We’ve been called no good. We’ve been made to feel ashamed to be sexual. And so this was a trigger to a lot of women when he did this.”
However, Love praised current artists such as J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar “who talk about the vulnerability of love, and the respect of women, and equality, and being sexual.”
During Girl Chat, Mai clarified her previous statements, and declared that T.I. “has no right to inflict any control over his daughter’s body.”
“Period. Her body, her choice,” she added.
Jeannie also would have preferred if Deyjah joined her father at “Red Table Talk.”
“I would have loved to have her at the table if he was going to speak on it. It would’ve been nice to have her there,” she said. “’Cause we’re all talking about it, and it’s an issue.”
In his interview with Pinkett Smith, the “T.I.’s Road to Redemption” star said he is currently in a good place with his daughter.
“I’m incredibly apologetic to her for that. To her, to you, sweet baby Deyjah,” he said. “She understands my intentions. She knows who I am. She knows who I’ve always been, and I think that allows a certain level of understanding.”
In addition to Deyjah, T.I. has sons Messiah, 19, and Domani, 18, with ex Lashon Dixon, and sons King, 15, and Major, 11, and daughter Heiress, 3, with Tiny.