When it comes to the dating world, it’s safe to say T.I. is one protective father.
Ahead of tonight’s brand-new T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, E! News obtained an exclusive sneak peek at the rapper’s conversation with his close friend Monica.
When Monica reveals that one of her sons has started dating, she can’t help but express some concerns. “You got to give him a little space, like I’m not overbearing, so he keeps talking to me,” the singer shared. “I don’t want him to feel like, ‘Damn, I don’t want her around.'”
But according to T.I., he thinks men need a bit more extra space to figure things out without mom’s help.
“Listen, it’s supposed to get to a point where they can handle it on their own and they don’t want you all in their business,” he shared. “If it doesn’t get to that point, something’s gone terribly wrong.”
But wait, he isn’t done just yet. T.I. later appeared in a confessional interview where he shared more thoughts on his own children dating.
“To be honest with you, I only feel the need to protect the girls from heartbreak. So for me, it’s about making sure that my daughters grow up as happy and unencumbered by outsiders tweaking their emotions as possible,” he shared. “That doesn’t mean that I don’t want my daughters to date or have experiences. It just means I know that they will hold onto those experiences and I don’t know how that will translate when they come out of it.”
He added, “For a young man, you’re not really going to know who you are for real until you deal with heartbreak.”
Tonight’s episode airs just a few months after T.I. spoke out about his controversial comments regarding his daughter Deyjah Harris. The rapper previously said on the Ladies Like Us podcast that he goes to the gynecologist with his 18-year-old daughter in order to “check her hymen.”