Megan Thee Stallion Covers Variety
Megan Thee Stallion’s breakout year continues amid controversy and personal tragedy. Following an incident that resulted in gunshot wounds, Meg is recovering and moving on as Variety puts it in their profile of the star in its 2020 Power of Young Hollywood Issue.
But in the early hours of July 12, things got complicated. After a night of COVID-defying party-hopping that included a visit to Kylie Jenner’s house, she and an unidentified woman were in a car with Canadian rapper Tory Lanez, whom Megan was said to be dating, when he was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. While initial reports said Megan injured her foot on broken glass in the car, she has since claimed in social media posts and a July 27 Instagram Live session that she was “shot in both of my feet and had to get surgery to get the bullets taken out,” although she did not inform police and has yet to reveal the identity of the shooter.
One common rumor is that Lanez lost his temper after the two had an argument, but she has dismissed all such speculation as “fake-ass news.” Surveillance video footage of the arrest shows Megan limping from the SUV, leaving bloody footprints; Los Angeles police confirmed they have opened an investigation based on Megan’s account, but witnesses are said to be not cooperating.
“I’m not the type of person who can stay down for a long time,” she says. “I don’t like to be sad or keep myself in a dark place, because I know it could be the worst thing happening, but the pain and the bad things don’t last for long.”
As much as Megan says she wants to move on from the incident and not let it define her young career, one thing is clear: Mess with her at your peril.
Indeed, one gets the sense that Megan has just begun to scratch the surface of what she has to offer. She’s a strong rapper with an unusually forceful yet precise flow, shaped by the UGK and Notorious B.I.G. records her parents played. And her infectious, sexy, fun-loving persona is easy for fans to embrace. She’s already begun introducing different characters in her songs, like Hot Girl Meg, the brassy Tina Snow, the shy Suga — and one that she promises will be “the leader of all of them, the boss,” on her still-untitled debut full-length album, which she hopes to release by the end of summer.
As on-brand as her fun-loving persona can be, it’s just one of the multiple roles she can inhabit. “I have a lot of people dancing around in my head,” she says, letting off a trademark short, high-pitched laugh. “So in the same way that I like to introduce different personas through my music, I also want to try a lot of new things.”
Although she wasn’t doing it consciously, Megan Thee Stallion was born during Megan Pete’s early years. “I’m an only child, and I spent a lot of time by myself because my mom and grandmother were always at work,” she recalls. “So I just found ways to keep myself entertained — dancing in the mirror, listening to music loud, trying on anything I wanted to wear in the closet.
I was always in my own little world, and just acted like that everywhere I went. And growing up in Texas, it’s so hot, I never even realized anyone else dressed like me until I went to a show and I saw other girls in booty shorts, bikini tops and cowboy hats.”
Every day, there are the lessons that come with fame.
“The only thing I don’t like about having all eyes on you at all times is not all eyes are good eyes. I still want to be able to walk into Walmart and buy dog food. I still want to party in the club and nobody’s recording me and no super-judgey internet police. But all that comes with it, and you have to be prepared for people to be in your business, 24/7.”
Meg is certainly not letting a bad moment slow her down. She and fellow raptress Cardi B unveiled the cover art for their new single “WAP” debuting Friday.
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