Megan Thee Stallion is setting the record straight in her own words. The rapper (born Megan Pete), penned an essay in ELLE magazine, about the journey she has faced since being shot in 2020.

Megan has been laying low since a jury found Torey Lanez guilty of the shooting nearly four months ago. Before and during the court proceeding the rapper’s personal and sexual life was thrust into the public eye. She was also called a liar by many who did not believe her account of the shooting incident. Following the guilty verdict, Megan’s social media accounts fell silent and performances were nonexistent.

Megan thee Stallion’s reappearance began in March for the Grammy Awards. Since then the rapper has been slowly making her way back into the limelight. Now, the ELLE essay is serving as her moment to finally opening up.

Megan Thee Stallion Moving Forward

In the ELLE essay, Megan explains that she 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 said in the essay. “For years, my attacker tried to leverage social media to take away my power. Imagine how it feels to be called a liar every day? Especially from a person who was once part of your inner circle.”

Megan says she also felt ostracized by members of the music industry.

“Even some of my peers in the music industry piled on with memes, jokes, and sneak disses, and completely ignored the fact that I could have lost my life,” she wrote. “Instead of condemning any form of violence against a woman, these individuals tried to justify my attacker’s actions,” Megan added.

In the essay she even touched on battling depression while still tending to her job as an artist.

“There would be times that I’d literally be backstage or in my hotel, crying my eyes out, and then I’d have to pull Megan Pete together and be Megan Thee Stallion,” she recalled.

Now she is taking the time she needs to get her life back on track while also putting herself first.

“I’m taking the appropriate steps to resume my life,” the rapper wrote in ELLE. “I’ve spent the last few months off social media and taking time off for myself, spending time with my dogs, hanging out with my manager, Farris, and doing a lot of praying.”