Rapper T.I. says he was ‘joking’ about virginity comments, is ‘incredibly apologetic’ to daughter
“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,” he said, according to People. “I’m not there to protect necessarily virginity, I just know that is a big move.”
Replied Pinkett Smith, 48: “That’s different — that’s education.”
During a Nov. 6 interview on the “Ladies Like Us” podcast, Harris declared of his daughter: “I will say as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact.”
“Deyjah’s 18, just graduated high school now and she’s attending her first year of college, figuring it out for herself,” he continued. “And yes, not only have we had the conversation [about sex], we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen.”
Harris received backlash when the comments went viral, with Planned Parenthood and many others blasting the artist.
On Monday, T.I. further explained that he went to the gynecologist with his daughter when she was 15 and 16, not 18. He added that his daughter’s mom was present at the appointments.
“However, my intentions I think have been terribly misconstrued and misconceived,” he stated (via E! News). “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 Associated Press contributed to this report