Deyjah Harris Opens up About Depression and Anxiety as She Restarts YouTube Channel

Rapper T.I. caused a firestorm after comments he made surrounding his daughter, Deyjah Harris, on a podcast. Deyjah, who was already popular on social media at the time, has even more followers than she did before the remarks. Using her influence for good and to open up about what she’s been through, Deyjah has restarted her YouTube channel, beginning things with a video about mental health.

Deyjah Harris in 2018
Deyjah Harris in 2018 | Paras Griffin/Getty Images

T.I.’s comments about Deyjah went viral last year

Last year, T.I. received a lot of backlash after he revealed recently that he goes with 18-year-old Deyah to her OB-GYN appointments to make sure her “hymen is intact.” T.I. made the comment on the podcast, Ladies Like Us. The podcast went on to issue an official apology and the episode in question ended up being taken down.

His comments dominated headlines on blogs for weeks and the rapper and his wife, Tiny Harris, even went on Red Table Talk to discuss the situation amid the controversy.

For a while, Deyjah was off of social media for the most part during the aftermath, but later returned to Instagram, where she has a very huge following. She also posted a note on Twitter, thanking everyone who showed her support.

Deyjah Harris has restarted her YouTube with impactful content

Deyjah restarted her YouTube channel and kicked off content with a video series called “Mental Health Matters.”

Talking about the reason why she decided to talk about the issue, Deyjah said, “The purpose of this video is to basically just lend a helping hand so you can be better equipped for your journey ahead than I might have been,” she said. “I just want to be seen as who I am. I’m human, OK? You are like me and I’m like you in ways, whether you realize it or not.”

She explained, “Transparently speaking, depression and anxiety is something that I’ve been dealing with since about the age of 11. My self-esteem started to become an issue for me in the sixth grade due to bullying. I started to struggle with understanding what it was that I was feeling and I definitely knew that I wasn’t able to express what it was that I was going through.”

“So, without the proper knowledge and support, I eventually started to turn to self-inflicted coping mechanisms that weren’t too healthy or beneficial to me or my growth,” she continued.

Deyjah also made a post on Instagram which talked about the recent YouTube video, why she made it, and what she hopes people get out of it.

The aftermath of T.I.’s comments is set to be chronicled on the upcoming season of T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle, which will premiere soon on VH1.