Despite a show-stopping year that saw her first pair of No. 1 singles and a culture-defining song (and video) that spawned a lucrative, entertaining cycle of performative outrage from the typical talking heads, Megan Thee Stallion has endured her fair share of trauma in 2020. On Tuesday (October 13), she expounded on that trauma in a New York Times op-ed.
"I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man. After a party, I was shot twice as I walked away from him," Meg wrote, referring to a July incident involving her and rapper Tory Lanez. "We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place." (Meg named Tory as the shooter a month after the attack. He's since been charged with assault.)
"My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends," she continued. "Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted."