In a candid as-told-to feature in Elle, Megan Thee Stallion has addressed the resolution of her legal battle with Tory Lanez, who shot her multiple times in 2020. She begins by stating that she doesn’t want to call herself a victim, but rather a survivor, as she reflects on the past three years and how she has overcome the unimaginable.
“I don’t want to call myself a victim,” she wrote. “As I reflect on the past three years, I view myself as a survivor, because I have truly survived the unimaginable. 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.”
She shares how she not only survived being shot by someone she trusted and considered a close friend, but also the public humiliation of having her name and reputation dragged through the mud by that individual for the world to see.
She added, “My purpose is for these words to serve as the final time that I’ll address anything regarding this case in the press. I understand the public intrigue, but for the sake of my mental health, I don’t plan to keep reliving the most traumatic experience of my life over and over again. I’m choosing to change the narrative because I’m more than just my trauma.”
Megan alludes to the attempts to discredit her, including false conspiracy theories and narratives suggesting that her former best friend shot her, which were brought up during the trial. However, the guilty verdict was a vindication for her and for every woman who has been shamed, dismissed, and blamed for a violent crime committed against them. Despite the anxiety she still experiences from the event, Megan shares that she has found ways to cope through journaling, prayer, and friendships, and has reached a happier place.
She also emphasizes that she will no longer address anything regarding the case in the press, as she wants to prioritize her mental health and not keep reliving the most traumatic experience of her life. Megan is choosing to change the narrative because she is more than just her trauma. Meanwhile, Tory Lanez has been found guilty of felony charges related to the shooting and faces the possibility of over 20 years in prison, though his sentencing has been delayed due to legal maneuvers from his attorneys seeking a new trial. Megan’s courage in speaking out and taking control of her narrative sends a powerful message about survival, resilience, and the importance of prioritizing mental health.