Kobe Bryant's death on Sunday left the entire world reeling from shock and grief.
Tributes have been flooding in from fans across the globe, and many celebrity friends have paid their respects to the late basketball player.
Rapper T.I, who landed himself in hot waters a few months ago about admitting to checking his daughter's virginity, has opened up about Kobe's death and how it has spurred him along to apologize to his daughter about his invasive behavior.
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T.I is best known for his career as a rapper and a record producer.
via: Getty ImagesBorn as Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. in September 1980, T.I has made a successful career for himself as a rapper with popular hits such as "Whatever You Like" and "Live Your Life."
T.I spends a lot of time in the public eye...
via: Getty ImagesBut a few months ago, he landed himself in some seriously hot waters after he made some rather questionable remarks about his daughter.
The rapper featured on a podcast in November of 2019...
via: Getty ImagesHe was speaking on the Life Hacks episode of the Ladies Like Us podcast, and he was asked about whether he had spoken to his children - 2 sons and 1 daughter - about having sex.
His daughter, Deyjah, is now eighteen and she started college last year.
It has become somewhat of a tradition between the father and daughter.said, "So it’s this one time we go, I think this might have been after her 16th birthday. This is what we do. Right after the birthday, we celebrate, usually like the day after the party, she’s enjoying her gifts." "I put a sticky note on the door: ‘Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30'."
This invasion of privacy is highly disturbing.
via: Getty Images"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, 'You know Sir, I have to, in order to share information'." He continued saying, "I'm like, 'Deyjah, they want you to sign this so we can share information. Is there anything you wouldn't want me to know?' See Doc? No problem."
He is ignoring the doctor's advice...
via: Getty ImagesT.I then recalled the doctor explaining how the hymen can be broken in other ways, but he clearly wasn't interested because he simply stated, "Just check the hymen please and give me back my results expeditiously."
He isn't allowing his daughter the rights to her own body.
Not only is this an invasion of Deyjah's privacy...
T.I also acknowledged that his son King, who is fifteen, is already sexually active.
via: Getty ImagesThe teenager admitted in a June 2019 episode of the family’s VH1 reality show that he’s already having sex. Something you think would cause outrage, judging by his father’s yearly trips to the doctors with his daughter.
This man is in desperate need of a reality check.
via: Getty ImagesIf he thinks that it is okay to completely control and possess his eighteen-year-old daughter's life, whilst allowing his fifteen-year-old son to do whatever he pleases, T.I needs a wake-up call. He needs to realize that he must respect his adult daughter's life.
And, quite understandably, people were completely outraged.
Even if Deyjah wasn’t 18 what TI is doing is a complete invasion of privacy. This ownership that men think they hav… https://t.co/GQP3Csiqul— LAUREN S. 🦋 (@LAUREN S. 🦋)1573066419.0
Of course, Deyjah will have been mortified.
via: Getty ImagesSocial media seems to be the site where all of this is going down - and people were quick to notice that Deyjah unfollowed her dad on Instagram, and she even deactivated her account for a short period of time.
After a few weeks, her dad finally spoke about his actions.
via: Red Table TalkT.I and his wife, Tiny Harris, appeared on an episode of Red Table Talk, chatting to Jada Pinkett Smith and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jonesto to "set the record straight."
T.I went on to blame others for "overreacting"...
via: Red Table TalkSitting down with sympathetic interviewers who often give him the benefit of the doubt, T.I. was quick to defend himself against the backlash. He argued that there was little fault in what he said and what he's done... and blamed others for overreacting. "I just began to — from a place of truth — I began to embellish and exaggerate," he said. "And I think a lot of people kind of took it extremely literal. Because if you put any of my reputations, like who I am as a father, who I've been. I honestly thought people knew me better than that."
Jada pushes him, asking if he understands the sensitivity of the subject he was discussing...
via: Red Table Talk
T.I. replies that he didn't understand it at the time, but he does now... but he continues to blame the public for misunderstanding him rather than what he said or claims to have done.
"My intentions, I think, have been terribly misconstrued," he said.
T.I said that his daughter initially never had a problem with going to the gynecologist...
via: Red Table TalkBut she did have a problem with him talking about it publically... as anybody would! "And I understand that. And I am incredibly apologetic to her for that. To her. Not to any of these other strangers, any of these weirdos that just kind of toss lies around for fun," he said.
And even more recently, it seems that T.I is ready to apologize again...
via: Getty ImagesBut the circumstances are somber ones.
A few days ago, basketball legend Kobe Bryant lost his life in a helicopter accident.
via: Getty ImagesHe and the 8 others on board were all tragically killed in the crash, which is still being investigated.
Onboard with Kobe was his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna.
via: Getty ImagesLike her father, Gianna had a very promising future in basketball and the 2 were very close.
Kobe's wife and 3 other daughters have been left behind...
via: Getty ImagesAnd including the families of the 7 other victims, the Bryant family are completely distraught.
Tributes have been flooding in from all around the world...
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To… https://t.co/YlRRr9ng7Q— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1580075776.0
Kobe's devotion to his wife and daughters was admirable and beautiful...
And now, it seems that something has finally clicked in the head of T.I.
via: Getty ImagesIt's sad that it has taken such a tragic incident for the rapper to finally see sense, but it truly is about time.
T.I shared this Instagram post...
He asked for forgiveness...
via: Instagram"Please forgive me for any and all imperfections that cause misunderstandings between us... Charge my mind, not my heart. You see Life may throw us curveballs & deal us some pretty bad hands at times. But rest assured, you'll NEVER find yourself in a place too high or low for me to be there to catch you when you fall," he went on to say.
He clearly doesn't realize how lucky he is to have his daughters fit and healthy...
via: Instagram"I just Can't let another second go by without letting you know while we're still here in this life together... You have ALL MY LOVE FOR ALL MY LIFE...&AFTER."
The death of Kobe and Gianna is truly tragic...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it is so important to cherish what you have because you never know what the future holds.