(CelebrityAccess) — Rapper T.I. sparked surprise and dismay when he admitted during an interview that he subjects his daughter to an annual medical test to confirm her virginity.
T.I. made the startling revelation during an interview with the Ladies Like Us” podcast, when hosts Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham asked the rapper if he has had the ‘sex talk’ with his daughters, including 18-year-old Deyjah Harris, who is now in her first year of college.
“Not only have we had the conversation — we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen,” T.I. replied. “Yes, I go with her.”
According to T.I., whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., the visits started after her sixteenth birthday. He went on to describe the doctor’s visit.
“So we’ll go and sit down and the doctor comes 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’ — 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? Ain’t no problem,'” T.I. said.
Since then, everyone from women’s rights advocates to medical professionals have taken issue with the purported exams, noting that they are a violation of his daughter’s privacy and that there is no valid ‘virginity’ exam in use by medical science.
Dr. Maura Quinlan, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University in Chicago, told the New York Times. “A virginity exam does not exist. If someone brought me a girl for a virginity exam, I would tell them, ‘I can’t say either way.’”
The podcast has since been taken down and the podcast’s hosts have apologized for their surprised laughter at T.I.’s admission.