American rapper and dad-of-six,Clifford Joseph Harris aka T.I. sparked worldwide outrage yesterday when he made shocking revelations about his extreme parenting measures to ensure that his teenage daughter, Deyjah’s virginity is unbroken. The controlling dad revealed that he takes his daughter to the gynecologist yearly to check her hymen and confirm she’s still a virgin. But he admits his 15-year-old son is sexually active and he doesn’t have a problem with that.
The 39-year-old made the shocking revelation while on the Ladies Like Us podcast. He told of how important it is to him that his teenage daughter Deyjah Harris has not had sex yet. He then disclosed that he accompanies her on her annual checkup to the gynecologist and insists on her signing a waiver to allow the doctor to share confidential status about her virginity with him.
He told the hosts:
“Not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen.”
“Yes, Yes I go with her. I go with her. So it’s this one time we go, I think this might have been after her 16th birthday. This is what we do… Usually, like the day after the [birthday] party, she’s enjoying her gifts. I put a sticky note on the door: ‘Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30.’ “
He added that he makes his daughter sign a waiver to allow her doctor to share her confidential information with him.
“So we’ll go and sit down and the doctor will come and talk and the doctor’s maintaining a high level of professionalism. He’s like, ‘Well, you know sir, I have to, in order to share information’ — I’m like, ‘Deyjah, they want you to sign this… so we can share information. Is there anything you would not want me to know?’ ‘See doc? No problem.’ “
He said the doctor has even explained to him that there are many other ways for a hymen to break besides sex, and in fact, many virgins no longer have hymens intact. But T.I. doesn’t care about that.
“So then they come and say, ‘Well, I just want you to know that there are other ways besides sex that the hymen can be broken, like bike riding, athletics, horseback riding, and just other forms of athletic physical activity.’
“So I say, ‘Look doc, she don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports. Just check the hymen please and give me back my results expeditiously.’
He then adds:
“But I will say as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact.”
T.I. defended his actions by saying he thinks a lot of people wish their parents had been more protective of them. He went on to suggest that his daughter will look back on his actions and be grateful that he was so involved.
“I think that most kids in hindsight, looking back, they always thank their parents for not allowing them to damage themselves as much as they could have.”
He also admitted that he doesn’t want guys to woo his daughter even though she’s now an adult.
“They’re no fun. Who wants a virgin? Like, really? All that work.”
The hosts of the podcast laughed and said his daughter is a “prisoner” and that T.I. is encouraging men to be “vultures.” T.I. admitted though that he isn’t that strict with his 15-year-old son King, who is already sexually active.
“I don’t want any of my children to have sex before it’s time for them, but who’s to say when it’s time?
However, I will definitely feel different about a boy than I will about a girl. And that’s just the God’s honest truth. I don’t think there’s any father out there who’ll tell you any different.”
His admission led to a conversation online as Twitter users called him out. Rapper Iggy Azalea, who recently had a row with T.I. also joined in calling him out.
She tweeted in reply to a fan who said “men are terrible”:
“I really wish the women who interviewed him would have said something to him. He has serious control issues with women in all aspects of his life and needs therapy.”
Listen to the interview:
See the screenshot of Azalea’s tweet below: