T.I. Has Grown "More Sensitive" to Women's Issues Following Daughter's Virginity Check Controversy

His stepdaughter says he's learning "how to handle certain things" with the women in his family

BY Allie GregoryPublished Oct 7, 2020

It's been almost a year since the T.I. made waves with his controversial comments about taking his daughter, Deyjah Harris, to the gynecologist "to check her hymen" to ensure she was still a virgin. In that time, his stepdaughter Zonnique Pullins said he has grown to be more sensitive to women's issues and has put work in to repair his relationship with his daughter.

In a new interview with ET, Pullins confirmed that Harris and T.I. have made amends and that "their relationship has gotten better and they've both grown."

"He's not overbearing in certain situations... He's changed when it comes to Deyjah," Pullins explained.

She added, "He's definitely just been learning with the girls on how to handle certain things and how to go about certain things when it comes to us.

"I feel like it's a lot of stuff he didn't realize when it comes to a young girl's feelings. So I feel like now he's a little bit more careful. He just goes about everything a little bit differently now. He's more sensitive with everything."

Previously, the rapper and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris, appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talks series to chat about the controversy. At the time, T.I. said that he was "incredibly apologetic" to his daughter for talking about her personal business in public, recognizing that it was "hurtful" and "embarrassing."

T.I. also shared that he thought his comments on the since-deleted episode of the Ladies Like Us podcast had been "misconstrued" and "misconceived" and that he was never in the room during the "hymen checks." He further explained that Harris wasn't subjected to them past the age of 16.

Back in November last year, the then-18-year-old Deyjah made it clear that she was incredibly uncomfortable with the virginity checks, as well as her father's subsequent defence of the yearly routine, going as far as to unfollow her dad on social media during the height of the controversy. 

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