T.I’s Daughter Deyjah Harris Opens Up About Why She Self-Harms: Sometimes I’m Numb, So I Do It Just To Feel Something

T.I., daughter Deyjah Harris

T.I’s Daughter Deyjah Harris Opens Up About Why She Self-Harms: Sometimes I’m Numb, So I Do It Just To Feel Something

T.I’s daughter recently showed a sign of bravery to her fans.

T.I., Deyjah Harris

Deyjah Harris, shared with her followers why she engaged in self-injurious behavior during periods of her life. One of Deyjah Harris’s followers asked, also disclaiming that they meant no disrespect:

“What’s the purpose in making those cuts on your arms?” 

Deyjah Harris responded:

“I was doing it because I was sad and numb in a way.”

The 21-year-old continued:

 “However around 17 (so after Auntie Precious passed) that’s when it kinda changed…it got worse. I do it because I have a lot of anger to release basically.”

Deyjah shared that she didn’t want to go into depth about her self-harm and be fed forced sympathy. She elaborated:

“I want to be honest but I don’t want people to look at me and say ‘omg she needs help’ or try to give me sympathy because I don’t need it.”

She added:

“Sometimes I’m numb so I do it just to feel something.”

Deyjah Harris

As previously reported, Deyjah has used her platform to encourage people struggling with the same issues in honor of Self Injury Awareness Day. In a now-deleted post initially shared earlier this year, she offered some advice and an open ear that would be judgment free. She said:

“*sighs*…whew, ok so because today is SIAD (self injury/self harm awareness day) i decided to leave some of you that can relate a little message obviously if you cannot empathize with this then keep it scrolling/keep the rude comments to yourself because i will block you, but for those of you that can relate (unfortunately)…. i see you. perhaps i had to experience this in order to be able to help someone else that is or will deal with this… mean we hurt so that we can help others heal from that same pain, right? I don’t need any sympathy, i don’t need any of you to try and guess why i did this to myself, i don’t need you to tell me things like “oh you shouldn’t do that to yourself, you’re too pretty for that” etc. because that will change nothing.”

Deyjah continued:

“all i need for you to do is simply speak and live in your truth like i always encourage you to do. i need you to see that if i can be brave enough to share this part of myself/my journey with the world, then you can too. a lot of people don’t talk about the fact that there are multiple forms of self-harm, so for those of you that can’t relate to cutting but you can relate to other forms, i see you too and you’re not alone, TRUST me when i say that.. but let me tell you this, don’t you dare spend the rest of your life hiding who you are/what you’ve been through. i don’t care if you think people will judge you, if you think people will think you’re not right in the head, if you think it’ll make people love or like you less, or if you think people will say you’re doing it for attention, you deserve to share your story… when or if YOU’RE ready.”

Deyjah added:

“your story can + will save so many lives and you don’t even know it yet. there is nothing that any of you can NOT talk to/tell me about. i told you this was a nonjudgmental and safe space, and i mean that sincerely. although this is only for one day, everyday is a good day to bring awareness to self-harm or mental health in general, especially in the black community. I love you/you are loved, you are seen, you MATTER, and you deserve everything good in the world. don’t you ever forget or doubt that…take care of yourself, ok? have a great week”

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Authored by: Tsai-Ann Hill