By Jaelani Turner-Williams
Less than a week after rumors swirled around the July 12 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion following a party in Los Angeles, the rapper briefly took to Instagram to voice her frustrations about discrepancies and hearsay floating around about the incident. “I suffered gunshot wounds as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me,” she wrote. A month later, after repeated pressure on social media, Megan finally confirmed what had long been rumored: “Yes, this n---a Tory shot me,” she said on Instagram Live, referring to Tory Lanez by name as her attacker. In July, Lanez was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon in the vehicle.
Her announcement was a long time coming. Taking to Twitter on July 17, Megan referenced facing an onslaught of criticism about the domestic assault though she wasn’t at fault, much like many Black women who endure the same vindication. Before targeting model, actress, and socialite Draya Michele, who joked about Megan’s shooting on the Wine and Weed podcast, Megan announced that she would discuss the incident at length when she was emotionally ready. A seemingly relieved and diamond-flanked Megan appeared on a surprise Instagram Live on July 27, but she held back tears, feeling as though she was unprepared to accelerate into becoming a household name following the loss of her mother and grandmother in 2019. Megan also referenced her late father, who died when she was 15 years old.