Megan Thee Stallion Says ‘I View Myself As a Survivor’

In July 2020, Megan thee Stallion was driving home during the early morning hours with Tory Lanez and her now

Megan Thee Stallion

In July 2020, Megan thee Stallion was driving home during the early morning hours with Tory Lanez and her now ex-BFF Kelsey Harris. All was well until the ‘Savage’ singer got into an argument with Lanez for criticizing his rap abilities. As she walked away from the vehicle Lanez fired towards her feet while yelling, “Dance b***h!” The drama of this incident has continued over the last three years with Lanez in and out of court hearings. The singer can face at least 22 years behind bars for felony negligent discharge of a firearm, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, and carrying a loaded and unregistered firearm. And, with more court hearings underway, Megan Thee Stallion, born Megan Pete, opened up about how the 2020 incident truly affected her.

Megan Speaks Up



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Following the guilty verdict for Lanez, Megan opened up about the “public humiliation” that she enduredin a new Elle cover story.

“I don’t want to call myself a victim. As I reflect on the past three years, I view myself as a survivor, because I have truly survived the unimaginable,” says Megna. “Not only did I survive being shot by someone I trusted and considered a close friend, but I overcame the public humiliation of having my name and reputation dragged through the mud by that individual for the entire world to see.”

Addressing Lanez reported denials and obfuscations of the narrative, Megan says,“For years, my attacker laughed and joked about my trauma. For years, my attacker peddled false narratives about what happened on the night of July 12, 2020. 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 continued, “I could have let the adversity break me, but I persevered, even as people treated my trauma like a running joke. First, there were conspiracy theories that I was never shot. Then came the false narratives that my former best friend shot me. Even some of my peers in the music industry piled on with memes, jokes, and sneak disses, and completely ignored the fact that I could have lost my life. Instead of condemning any form of violence against a woman, these individuals tried to justify my attacker’s actions.”

Megan admitted to falling into a depressive state which hindered her ability to create new music or rap at all. “The truth is that I started falling into a depression. I didn’t feel like making music. I was in such a low place that I didn’t even know what I wanted to rap about,” she wrote. “I wondered if people even cared anymore. There would be times that I’d literally be backstage or in my hotel, crying my eyes out, and then I’d have to pull Megan Pete together and be Megan Thee Stallion.”

With the help of prayer and therapeutic healing, Megan says that she’s “in a happier place,” shower she still has anxiety. “Talking about being shot still makes me emotional. I’ve started journaling as a way to better process my thoughts, hopes, and fears. Prayer has also played a therapeutic role in my healing, because I can have honest and unfiltered conversations with God without any judgment.”

What’s  Next for Tory?



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Yesterday, April 17, Lanez’s sentencing was delayed yet again because his attorney filed a motion to begin a new trial. If the motion for a new trial is denied then the next sentencing hearing will be May 8.

The up-and-coming female rapper was reaching the height of her career when the incident happened – having released a collaboration with Beyoncé which became her first No. 1 Billboard hit as well as one of her biggest hits, “WAP” with Cardi B was released. With that being said, some members of the industry accused Megan of using the incident for attention or simply just didn’t believe her.

Now, the truth is out and Megan is climbing back up while Lanez prepares to be behind bars. (And we’re not talking the musical kind)