Megan Thee Stallion opens up about shooting incident for the first time, as she covers ELLE
The Daily: Chart sensation Megan Thee Stallion is laying all her cards down. The rapper spoke candidly to ELLE about the trauma of being shot by her then-close friend, the rapper Tory Lanez, in July 2020, and the even more damaging experience of being tried by the media over the incident (Lanez was ultimately found guilty on three counts in December 2022). “For years, my attacker laughed and joked about my trauma. For years, my attacker peddled false narratives about what happened on the night… For years, my attacker tried to leverage social media to take away my power. Imagine how it feels to be called a liar every day? Especially from a person who was once part of your inner circle,” she writes in a personal essay for the publication’s May 2023 issue. The performer, whose real name is Megan Pete, says that time off social media, journaling, praying, being with her dog, and surrounding herself with friends has helped as she began to suffer bouts of depression over the publicity surrounding the attack. The 28-year-old also thanked her devout fans, whom she calls her ‘hotties’ for being there for her. “To all the Hotties, please know I am so incredibly grateful for you. You don’t even know all the little things that you’ve done to make me feel uplifted and inspired over the years. Some of my Hotties even showed up to court, and it touched my soul. I also want to express my sincere gratitude to all the women who rallied around me, used their voices, and penned an open letter of support on my behalf.” For the accompanying editorial, she was styled by Law Roach in pieces by Alaïa, Loewe, Ferragamo, and Michael Kors Collection, as well as jewelry by Tiffany & Co. and Cartier. Read the full feature, with imagery by Adrienne Raquel, here.
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