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Gayle King has graciously accepted rapper Snoop Dogg's apology, 2 weeks after he called her a "dog face b*tch" over her remarks about Kobe Bryant's 2003 sex case.

Snoop was forced to publicly apologize twice after he was threatened by no less than Barack Obama's former national security advisor, Susan Rice.

King, 65, came under fire when she interviewed former WNBA star Lisa Leslie and asked her if Bryant's alleged rape case affected his NBA legacy.

Bryant, 41, died tragically with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash last month.

Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort in 2003. The charges were dropped after the woman accepted an out-of-court settlement and refused to testify.

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By asking Leslie those probing questions, King was simply doing her job as a well-respected journalist.

Snoop, 48, released a video, dragging King and threatening to "come get" her.

The rapper, real name Calvin Broadus, Jr., later backtracked in a half-hearted apology video, saying he meant no harm to King.

But that wasn't enough for King's influential and powerful friends. They reminded the aging rapper that, with one phone call, they could end his career and send him into early retirement.

Snoop Dogg issued another video statement on Wednesday, this time he apologized profusely to King. He claimed his elderly mother made him see the error of his ways.

"Had a talk with my momma thank u mamma," he captioned the video. "2 wrongs don't make it right time to heal... @gayleking Peace... n love Praying for u and your family as well as Vanessa and the kids."

In the video, Snoop Dogg said he "overreacted". "I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions... Me being angry at questions that you asked.... I should have handled it way different than that, I was raised way better than that, so I would like to apologize publicly for the language that I used and calling you out your name and just being disrespectful."

After enduring death threats and heavy public criticism for 2 weeks, King issued a statement to the Associated Press on Wednesday, saying she accepted Snoop Dogg's apology.

"I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss," she said.

"As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times. I don't always get it perfect but I'm constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity."
 

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Wendy Williams is on the hot seat again - this time she upset cross-dressing men for impersonating women by "wearing our skirts and heels."

The popular daytime talk show host made the comments during Thursday's episode of The Wendy Williams Show.

During her Hot Topics segment, the 55-year-old divorcée discussed "Galentine's Day," and observed that a few men in the audience were clapping.

After holding her tongue for years about the LGBT+ agenda, Wendy told her audience how she really feels about men reinforcing gender stereotypes by wearing feminine dresses, skirts, high heels and handbags.

"If you're a man, stop clapping, you're not even a part of this," she said. "You don't understand the rules of the day. It's women going out and getting saucy and then going home (alone). You're not a part. I don't care if you're gay. You don't get a period every 28 days. You can do a lot that we do, but I get offended by the idea that we go through something you will never go through."

The single mom of one continued:

"And stop wearing our skirts and our heels. Just saying, girls, what do we have for ourselves? Looky here now, gay men, you'll never be the woman that we are, No matter how gay."

Needless to say, Wendy's speech did not go over well on Twitter.

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Gayle King lashed out at CBS editors over a promo clip in which she asked the late Kobe Bryant's friend, former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, to comment on his rape accusation.

"It's been said that his legacy is complicated, because of a sexual assault charge that was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you, as a woman, as a WNBA player?" King asked.

Leslie said the allegations were a "non-issue" for her and that the Bryant she knew would never lust after other women in her presence.

"But Lisa, you wouldn't see it though. As his friend, you wouldn't see it," King persisted.

The 65-year-old co-host of CBS This Morning was shocked and saddened by the public's ferocious response to the clip, which she claimed was "totally taken out of context."

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In videos uploaded to her Instagram and Twitter accounts on Thursday, an exhausted King said:

"I've been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant, and I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I'd be extremely angry with me too. I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very angry. Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview, totally taken out of context, and when you see it that way, it's very jarring."

King said she was persistent with the former WNBA star because she "wanted to make sure [Leslie's] position and perspective were very clear."

She was furious that CBS chose to post that clip without her knowledge.

"For the network to take the most salacious part, when taken out of context, and put it up online for people who didn't see the whole interview was very upsetting to me," she said. "That's something I am going to have to deal with with them."

King emphasized she didn't "intend" to offend the Bryant family, because she viewed Kobe as a friend.

"He was very kind and warm to me and I felt we had a friendly relationship. I too am mourning his loss like anybody else. I still am shocked by it. It's tragic and untimely and the last thing I would want to do is disparage him at this particular time."

CBS was quick to respond to King's allegations that they intentionally hung her out to dry to boost TV ratings.

In a statement to E! News, a CBS spokesperson seemed to confirm King's statement. The spokesperson said "changes have already been made".

"Gayle conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant. An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview. We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made."

 

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Gayle King lashed out at executives at CBS over a promo clip in which she asked the late Kobe Bryant's friend, former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, to comment on his rape accusation.

The NBA legend was killed in a helicopter crash at the age of 41 last month, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.

King believes CBS set her up by releasing the promo clip over dozens of other clips they could have used.

In the clip, King asked Leslie if she thought the rape allegation "complicated" Bryant's legacy.

Bryant was charged with sexual assault after he had consensual sex with a promiscuous 19-year-old desk clerk at a Colorado resort in 2003.

The charge was later dismissed as a criminal complaint but settled as a civil case in 2005.

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"It's been said that his legacy is complicated, because of a sexual assault charge that was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you, as a woman, as a WNBA player?" King asked.

Leslie said the allegations were a "non-issue" for her and that the Bryant she knew would never lust after other women in her presence.

"It's not complicated to me at all, Leslie said. "Even if there's a few times that we've been at a club at the same time, Kobe's not the kind of guy, never been, like, 'Lis, go get that girl, or tell her, or send her this.'"

"But Lisa, you wouldn't see it though. As his friend, you wouldn't see it," King persisted.

The snippet was part of a wider interview with Leslie, but was the only clip CBS released online.

Predictably, Bryant's fans attacked King over the "disrespectful" line of questioning. The backlash was furious on social media. Many attacked King and her association with media mogul Oprah, who recently cancelled a planned documentary on sexual misconduct allegations against Russell Simmons.

Angry Bryant fans even went IN on King's wig.
 

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Taking to Instagram, a somber-looking King responded: "I've been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant, and I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I'd be extremely angry with me too."

King continued: "I am mortified. I am embarrassed and I am very angry. Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview - totally taken out of context - and when you see it that way, it's very jarring. It's jarring to me. I didn't even know anything about it."

Honoring Bryant as "warm and friendly", King insisted there will be "a very intense discussion" between her and CBS about her future celebrity interviews going forward.
 

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Ari Shaffir's comedy career is circling the drain amid fierce public backlash to his comments about NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Shaffir's talent agent dropped him, and a NY comedy club cancelled an upcoming show after the comedian made light of Kobe's death.

When the news broke that the former Lakers star died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Shaffir joked that Kobe died "23 years too late."

Shaffir said Kobe should have died 23 years earlier, a crude reference to the NBA star's scandalous rape case in Colorado in 2003.

After the initial backlash, that included death threats, Shaffir claimed his Twitter account was hacked. When that excuse didn't work, he said he was only joking.

"Every time a beloved celerity dies I post some horrible shit about them. I've been doing it for years now,” he wrote. "I like destroying gods. And right when a famous person dies they're at their most worshipped. So as a response to all the outpouring of sympathy on social media, I post something vile. It's just a joke. I don't really hate any of the people."

He explained that he wasn't aware Kobe's daughter, Gianna, 13, was also on the helicopter when it crashed into a hillside in dense fog. Shaffir said he was just "looking to post some inappropriate jokes” to boost his follow count.

Explaining that he hated the Lakers because they would always "torch" his beloved Charlotte Hornets, Shaffir said he realized his post was inappropriate and he apologized.

"I'm not actually celebrating his death. I'm not actually celebrating any of their deaths. That's just an act."

 

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Apparently Beyonce doesn't want plus-size fans wearing her Ivy Park X Adidas clothing line. Beyonce's plus-size fans went in on the semi-retired singer after she omitted clothing in their sizes.

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Beyonce's new collection sold out quickly thanks to her skinny BeyHive faithful. But some fans point out that her clothing line stopped at XL.

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Many compared Beyonce's line to Rihanna's Savage X Fenty line that includes plus sizes.

Others went IN on the mom of three for sending free clothing to her wealthy celebrity friends.

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Some fans claim Beyonce had fat transfer injections or butt implants, but Beyonce is known to wear butt pads dating back to the '90s when she was a dancer for Destiny's Child.

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Jillian Michaels (right) stopped just short of apologizing for fat-shaming morbidly obese pop singer Lizzo.

Twitter dragged the celebrity fitness trainer after she asked: "Why are we celebrating [Lizzo's] body?"

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"Why does it matter That's what I'm saying. Like why aren't we celebrating her music? 'Cause it isn't gonna be awesome if she gets diabetes," she said during an appearance on BuzzFeed's AM to DM series last week.

She continued: "I'm just being honest. I love her music, my kid loves her music, but there's never a moment when I'm like, 'I'm so glad she's overweight.' Why do I even care? Why is it my job to care about her weight?"

On Wednesday, the celebrity fitness guru clarified her comments to Daily Pop, saying there are "two separate narratives" happening.

"One, love yourself no matter what 100 percent, always advocated that," she said. "...everybody should be included, valued, they're worthy, they're beautiful. And, only from this place, can you be healthier, physically, emotionally in your relationships, with your work."

She added: "We cannot deny the inevitable fact that being overweight leads to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and these things kill people."

Michaels said she understood the matter from both sides because she was once an overweight teenager.

She posted an Instagram photo of her younger self, captioning the image: "Here's me at 5'0 tall and 175 lbs. If I can do it - anyone can. Share your story..."
 

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Dr. Boyce Watkins defended his comments, saying hip-hop artist Lizzo is popular due to the epidemic of obesity in America.

"#Lizzo popular is because there is an obesity epidemic in America. Rather than encouraging people to do better, we are simply lying to them and telling them that they are just fine the way they are... Unfortunately, Many of these people are dying from diabetes and heart disease."

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The "Juice" singer clapped back, insisting her immense "talent" was behind her widespread popularity.

"I'm popular because I write good songs and I'm talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love. The only person who needs to do better is you. Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me."

She added: "Here's the attention you ordered."

Dr. Watkins responded by tweeting, "This lady is an embarrassment to the entire Black community... one butter biscuit away from a heart attack. A clown."

Some bloggers, including your auntie who are unfamiliar with Watkins, labeled Watkins a "troll" because of his apparent disrespect toward Lizzo.

Watkins defended his comments in a Youtube live video on Thursday, Dec. 26 (see below).

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"Lizzo is a pretty big Black woman. I would say she is obese - morbidly obese - and she brags about it. So it's not an insult to say that she is obese," Watkins said during an interview with Dr. Claude Anderson on his YouTube Channel on Thursday.

Watkins, 48, said a majority of the people who responded to his survey said Lizzo "hurts the Black community."

He said Lizzo changed her act over time "to get more attention" from white people "and the attention started when she started fulfilling the mammy role."

Dr. Anderson, who doesn't know who Lizzo is, added that some Black people behave in a disrespectful manner in public because Blacks don't have a "code of conduct" that will stop them from letting people disparage an entire race.

Dr. Anderson compared Black people to Jewish people, who built a holocaust museum right next to the U.S. Mint in Washington, D.C. "where the money is."

Dr. Watkins also admonished former President Barack Obama in August 2019 for tweeting his Summer 2019 playlist which included Lizzo's music.

Dr. Watkins tweeted:

"Perhaps rather than using your massive platform to tweet your playlist, you can also tweet about the fact that 45% of the black males in your hometown of Chicago do not have jobs."

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But critics say Dr. Watkins should have used his vast knowledge to educate the singer without insulting her.

Dr. Watkins is a well-respected financial scholar, political analyst, social commentator and author of many financial books.

Watkins has written books about investing, economic empowerment, and social justice. He is a frequent guest on The Wendy Williams Experience radio program, and is a frequent contributor to theGrio.com.

Watch Dr. Watkins' interview with Dr. Claude Anderson below.
 

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Amanda Seales lashed out at Kim Kardashian West for a controversial photo shoot in which she appears a few shades darker.

Kim is accused of wearing "blackface" in a photo shoot for 7 Hollywood magazine. The mother-of-four sparked outrage after she released images from the shoot on social media on Thursday.

She captioned the images: "WHAT A DREAM."

"Are you f***ing kidding me?" Amanda wrote in all caps in the caption of a repost of Kim's photo.

In a video on Instagram.com, Amanda compared Kim's pose to a similar pose by Beyonce Knowles-Carter, and she claimed Kim was emulating Diahann Carroll and Diana Ross.

"Honestly, what is there to say? What is there to say? Cause what folks will say is 'But she has black children.' Stop it. 'But she's Middle Eastern.' Stop it. 'But she's helping black people get out of jail.' Stop! Drop! Shut em down open up... Stop it! 'But she's channeling Elizabeth Taylor' Stop it. Stop it. Stop it...."

She continued:

"You should care that someone is trying to take your rhythm but they don't know your blues... This is basic. This family is notorious for appropriating Black culture. They do not have any grievance about it. They don't give reverence. They don't pay homage. No, they mimic; they take; they commodify..."

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Lizzo is headed home to Houston to dance for the Rockets NBA team following the backlash she received for dancing inappropriately in a thong at a recent Lakers game.

The 31-year-old singer shocked NBA fans when she wore a black t-shirt with the back cut out exposing her abundant cheeks.

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Lakers fans complained loudly to the Lakers front office, asking the team to ban Lizzo from the arena.

Wendy Williams was among the critics rebuking the "Good As Hell" singer. Wendy said Lizzo's disgraceful display was "just wrong."

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"There's a time and a place for a cut-out and thong showing... maybe a Lizzo show, or the strip club, or a nightclub," Wendy said during a recent episode of her talk show.

Despite the uproar, the Houston Rockets extended an invitation to Lizzo dance with their cheerleaders, the Clutch City Dancers.

On Dec. 11, the team tweeted: "@Lizzo, we like your moves! You have an open invite to come home to Houston and dance with @OfficialCCD on the court any time!"

Lizzo was born in Michigan and raised in Texas happily accepted the invitation, tweeting: "I'll be there with bells on my booty."

In a recent video chat. Lizzo responded to the backlash, telling her fans and critics to kiss her azz and "be blessed."

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"Your criticism has no affect on me," she said.

"Negative criticism has no stake in my life; no control over my life, over my emotions. I'm the happiest I’ve ever been. I'm surrounded by love and I just wanna spread that love and also spread these cheeks. And you know if you really really don't like my azz, you can kiss it."

She added:

"I'm not gonna censor myself... I'm not gonna shrink myself because somebody thinks that I'm not sexy to them. (Laughs) Bitch, you really think 'cause somebody on Twitter thinks that I'm not cute, I'm gonna stop existing?"

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If you were creeped out by the trailer for the star-studded movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Cats, you're not alone.

Twitter was so creeped out by the swishing tails and twitching whiskers on the human cast, that the producers were forced to respond to the backlash.

It's one thing to see people dressed up as cats onstage, but transforming humans into cats using computer-generated imagery is just unsettling.

"It would be a little less unsettling if they didn't have human hands, feet, and faces," said one YouTube viewer.

Another viewer wrote: "I imagine this is what a cat sees when overdosing on catnip."

The $100 million movie stars Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Judi Dench as feline-ized humans.

Producer Eric Feliner is unimpressed with the backlash on Twitter. "What does one say? The reality is that 100 million people or more saw the trailer, and, yes, there were some people that didn't like it," said Feliner. "As is the world we live in, those who didn't like it were the most vociferous."

Producer Tim Bevan had a different take on the controversy. He believes the people who hated the trailer just aren't cat people in general.

"They were probably people who didn't know 'Cats', and the fact is they were either anticipating something animated or something that was on four legs," Bevan theorized. "Among people who know 'Cats', the reaction was pretty solid."

Cats is in theaters this Christmas.

Watch the trailer below. But it might creep you out if you're not a cat person.
 

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Lizzo responded to the backlash she received for her disgraceful behavior at the Lakers vs Timberwolves game on Sunday.

Lakers fans were furious when the 31-year-old singer exposed her rotund butt cheeks and twerked in full view of children and old ladies in the arena and in the television audience.

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Lizzo wore a long black t-shirt dress with cut outs to expose her bare butt cheeks clad in a black string thong.

Many Lakers fans called the Staples Center to complain and demand they ban Lizzo from future games.

The emotionally labile singer shared her feelings about the stunt in an Instagram Live chat with fans.

Showing a wide range of emotions from anger to profound sadness, the unstable singer told her fans to kiss her azz cheeks before adding that everyone is important and "be blessed."

"Your criticism has no effect on me," she said. "Negative criticism has no stake in my life; no control over my life, over my emotions. I'm the happiest I’ve ever been. I'm surrounded by love and I just wanna spread that love and also spread these cheeks. And you know if you really really don't like my azz, you can kiss it."

She added:

"I'm not gonna censor myself... I'm not gonna shrink myself because somebody thinks that I'm not sexy to them. (Laughs) Bitch, you really think 'cause somebody on Twitter thinks that I'm not cute, I'm gonna stop existing?"

She continued:

"I'm blessed and I want you to know that you're blessed. I want you to know that you woke up this morning and that's a blessing. I want you to know that the sun is shining somewhere. That's a blessing, and even if it's raining, it's cleansing you. It's a blessing."

At one point Lizzo teared up as she recalled being homeless and sleeping in her car.

"It felt surreal. I was, like, is this my life? I didn't want to be here anymore... I can't do this anymore. I'm not gonna make it... I think about those times now and I'm like, God is so real y'all."

The morbidly obese star thanked her fans for their support before adding.

"So I'ma keep doing whatever the f*ck I wanna do and I hope that that inspires you to do whatever the f*ck you wanna do... These are happy tears. Remember: I'm crying 'cause I love you. Don't you forget it."

 

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Walmart has apologized for selling a Christmas sweater that featured a Santa Claus who was jolly for all the wrong reasons.

Walmart pulled the sweaters from its online inventory and apologized after customers complained on Twitter.com on Saturday.

The sweater featured Santa Claus seated at a table preparing to snort three lines of what appears to be powdered cocaine. The sweater was emblazoned with the words "Let It Snow."

Twitter users argued, even if Walmart didn't notice the offensive image on the sweater, how could they miss the product description: "Santa really likes to savor the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow."

"Walmart, explain why was this okay? Ever! Who was the target market?" tweeted one irate user.

Walmart also removed other offensive Christmas sweaters that featured a partially nude Santa sitting on a porcelain throne and a Santa spanking Mrs. Claus.

In a statement to Global News, Walmart apologized profusely for "any unintended offense this may have caused" and attributed the blame to a "third-party seller" on Walmart Canada.

Walmart said the product did not "represent Walmart's values and have no place on our website."

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Award-winning comedians Keegan-Michael Key, left, and Jordan Peele, aka Key & Peele, tackle the controversy surrounding American directors casting Black British actors in American movie roles.

Ironically, director Jordan Peele cast a British actor, Daniel Kaluuya, in his critically acclaimed movie "Get Out".

Actor Samuel L. Jackson questioned why Peele cast Kaluuya in Get Out. Others point out that British actress Naomie Harris was nominated for an Oscar for Moonlight. And British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in 12 Years a Slave.

The film Queen & Slim, which opened in theaters on Thanksgiving Eve, featured British actors - Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith - in the lead roles.

In this video, Peele and his comedic partner Keegan-Michael Key explain why American directors choose British actors over Black American actors.
 

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Tip "T.I." Harris says he was joking about comments he made regarding his daughter Deyjah's annual virginity check-up. The 39-year-old father of seven appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk FACEBOOK web series in an episode that aired on Monday, Nov. 25.

T.I. admits the remarks he made during a recent podcast chat were said in a "very joking manner", but he is determined to protect his daughter from sticky-fingered boys in heat.

"I think that in the age or the time when 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 said in the chat, which premiered on Monday.

"Anything that is the most important thing to me in my life, I am going to deal with that with very extreme care," he continued. "And I don't understand how that is looked at as being so wrong."

The musician, real name Clifford Harris, was heavily criticized for making the controversial comments to singer Miguel's wife, Nazanin Mandi, during her Ladies Like Us podcast.

After confirming that he had the "sex talk" with his teenage daughter, he went on to joke about going to her gynecologist's visits to make sure her hymen was intact.

"Deyjah's 18, just graduated high school now, and yes, not only have we had the conversation (about sex), we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen," he said during the since-deleted podcast. "I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact."

T.I. told Jada he regrets sharing personal details about Deyjah publicly. He admitted Deyjah was disturbed by his comments.

"She did have a problem with me talking about it," said T.I., "and I understand that, and I am incredibly apologetic to her for that. She understands my intentions and she knows who I am, who I've always been."

A family friend who begged for anonymity told Sandrarose.com that he hoped the rapper would admit he was "exaggerating" about the gynecologist visits. The friend said T.I. took a lot of heat for a joke that was considered in poor taste. "He should just come clean and admit he was kidding," said the friend.

FYI: Gynecologists do not perform hymen checks or Pap smears on children. A doctor would not perform a "virginity check" or "hymen check" on girl children unless there was a medical reason for the exam.