Kehlani Explains Why She Decided To Unfollow Megan Thee Stallion On Instagram
On Thursday, October 15, 2020, Megan’s fans realized that the “Savage” rapper was no longer on Kehlani’s following list on Instagram. Once they noticed the change on Kehlani’s end, they immediately suspected that she was on the outs with Megan. According to Hot 97, Megan’s followers assumed the artists were no longer friends.
Many also suspected that the unfollow had something to do with Megan’s former friend, Tory Lanez. The unfollow came just days after Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was charged for the shooting that left Megan with wounded feet.
Kehlani addressed unfollowing Megan Thee Stallion on her Instagram page
Kehlani decided to share her reason for unfollowing Megan on Instagram shortly after Megan’s fans’ expressed their concern. She shared a post on her Instagram Stories page and claimed the unfollow reason had nothing to do with Megan specifically. While she didn’t address Megan directly, the singer said she wanted to change her following list.
“I AM UNFOLLOWING EVERYONE AND STARTING AT ZERO,” Kehlani wrote. “INSTAGRAM ONLY LETS YOU GO A CERTAIN AMOUNT AT A TIME. I AM TRYING TO GET TO ZERO TO START OVER AGAIN. I followed 2300 people.”
Kehlani expressed her take on Megan Thee Stallion’s shooting
Kehlani unfollowing Megan came as a surprise to their fans for multiple reasons. The artists have supported each other online and attended events together like BeautyCon in 2019. In March 2020, Kehlani released a feature on Megan’s EP, Suga, for a song called “Hit My Phone.”
Kehlani also spoke about her thoughts on Megan’s July 2020 shooting. During her cover story for Bustle, Kehlani shared that what Megan experienced was something that all new artists have to consider. She said she could relate to Megan feeling the need to be accessible to everyone now that the Houston native has reached massive success. The singer also advised Megan and other new artists to protect themselves and become more aware of who their friends are.
“Every new artist at some point has some major experience that brings you to this moment,” Kehlani said of Megan. “Especially if you’re coming into this with the heart of someone who has survivor’s guilt for coming from nothing to having hella sh*t. All of a sudden, you feel the responsibility to share it with everyone. You’re like, ‘I got an open room in my house, stay with me. I got a seat in the car, ride with me.’ That’s just how you get.”
Kehlani stopped working with Tory Lanez after Megan Thee Stallion said he shot her
Once Megan named Lanez as her shooter in July 2020, several musicians ended their professional ties with him. Kehlani confirmed on Twitter days after the shooting that she made several changes to her upcoming deluxe album supporting Megan. While she said Lanez’s verse on her song, “Can I,” will remain on her May 2020 album It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, it won’t be on the deluxe version of the album. Additionally, Kehlani shared Lanez wouldn’t be in the video for the track.
Kehlani explained to Chicago radio station WGCI why it was necessary to drop Lanez from her song. Not only did she want to support Megan, but she also felt she needed to use her platform to show that she fully supports and protects women. She also expressed her love for Megan and confirmed their friendship goes beyond the music industry.
“This situation was involving someone that I [am] extremely close to, so I just felt like on some loyal sh*t, and on some do the right thing, you have to be responsible,” Kehlani said. “Absolutely I’m changing up the record. It was business, and it was also loyalty to a situation. This is not an industry friendship. That’s really my friend and someone I say I love you to.”