“I think this surrounds a conversation I was having in a very joking manner. I just began to—from a place of truth—I began to embellish and exaggerate. I think people kinda took it extremely literal, because if you put any of my reputation… Who I am as a father, who I been…I honestly thought people knew me better than that,” he continued.
T.I’s daughter Deyja is 18 years old and although TIP said she has no problem with him going to the doctor with her, he admitted that she didn’t like that he spoke about it. “She did have a problem with me talking about it, however, and I understand that,” he stated. “I am incredibly apologetic to her for that. Not to any of these other strangers or any of these weirdos who just kinda toss lies around for fun. She understands my intentions and she knows who I am, who I’ve always been.”
T.I also established that Deyja’s mother Ms. Niko also was present during every visit. Ultimately, T.I was apologetic about the misunderstanding, but he wasn’t sorry about being overprotective of his daughter. “I think that in the age or time where our women—black women—are the most unprotected, unattended, disregarded women on the planet… I’m being criticized because I’m willing to go above and beyond to protect mine,” he stated.
He continued by saying: “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.”