Leave it to the Internet to discover things we would have never seen coming.
Social media users recently unearthed an old mugshot of rising rapper Megan Thee Stallion and shared it online, prompting questions about what she did to land behind bars. Never one to mince words, Megan Thee Stallion later spoke out on Instagram and candidly talked about the reason she went to jail. Apparently, it had to do with a heated altercation she had with an ex-boyfriend.
What to know about Megan Thee Stallion’s arrest
In February, a 2015 mugshot of Megan Thee Stallion appeared on social media. As it circulated the Internet, she spoke out on Instagram and revealed what led to her arrest. She said she was apprehended after getting into a fight with her old beau at the music festival South by Southwest (SXSW).
“I was maybe 19 or 20 and I was in college and I had a real beautiful toxic relationship,” she said of the romance. “It was fun, but it was bad and I had to get out of it. But it was, like, a situation where I was at South by Southwest and I had just found out that this n*gga had had a baby right then and there at the concert. Like, what a way to find out your n*gga had cheated on you and had a baby!”
Adding to the blow, she said, was the fact that the baby had “been born.”
A fight broke out soon after
The “Cash Sh*t” rapper said she had been “trying to keep the peace [and] keep it player” because they were in public. But when her boyfriend allegedly refused to let her go and kept pulling her back, she started to fight back. She claimed the police showed up as soon as she started to engage, making her look like the aggressor. To make matters worse, her boyfriend allegedly let her take all of the blame for the fight.
“The law asked that n*gga if I hit him and he said, ‘Yeah! She hit me in the eye,'” Megan Thee Stallion continued. “B*tch, you got to know they sent me straight to jail! Them h*es cuffed me. I ain’t never been cuffed in my life.”
She was booked in a local jail on assault charges and served two days behind bars, which she described as the “worst days of her life,” before being released. The charges were dropped after her boyfriend failed to show up to a court appearance, and the pair broke up for good once Megan Thee Stallion confirmed that he’d had a child with someone else.
Megan Thee Stallion got her first taste of fame the next year
In 2016, Megan Thee Stallion went viral after a freestyle of her rapping appeared on social media. Capitalizing on the buzz from the video, she started to record and release music.
She found success with the song “Big Ole Freak,” which appeared on her 2018 mixtape, Tina Snow, before breaking out on the mainstream scene with 2019’s Fever. Her most recent project, Suga (2020), spawned the hit “Savage” and is one of the most-talked-talked about records this year. When you look back at her life and career, it’s wild to see how things have panned out.