Ladies Like Us podcast hosts, Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham have offered a public apology after rapper T.I.’s shocking comments about his daughter’s annual virginity tests prompted backlash online.
During the episode of the podcast, the 39-year-old rapper told Mandi and Moham that he has “yearly trips to the gynecologist” with his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah, “to check her hymen.” He said that the yearly gynecologist appointments with Deyjah started after she turned 16. The podcast episode has since been deleted.
Mandi, who’s married to singer Miguel and Moham who both received criticism online for laughing during T.I.’s comments, explained that it was a “knee jerk reaction.” in the apology posted on Instagram.
“To everyone confused, angry and hurt by the recent episode ofLadies Like Us, we want to apologize for our knee jerk reaction to the uncomfortable topic,” the statement reads. “We were completely caught off guard/shocked and looking back, we should have reacted much differently in the moment. The comments that were made and the reaction that followed are not in any way a reflection of our personal views on the topic. We support and love Women and feel that their bodies are theirs to do as they wish.”
“There was absolutely no ill intent towards any party involved & feel deeply awful about the entire incident,” the statement continues. “We are not perfect, take full accountability of our lack of action & are continuously learning along the way. We know an apology doesn’t make this go away but we welcome the discussion — that’s what our podcast is about.”