Saweetie joined Kevin Hart for a brief interview on his new talk show Hart to Heart. The “Tap In” artist spoke about her relationship with her parents, describing how and why she started to get close to them about a year ago.
The conversation spotlighted how the rapper copes with the stress leading Hart to question if Saweeties parents play a role in helping maintain her mental health and stress dealing with public scrutiny.
“We just got close; I would say last year,” Saweetie confessed to Hart.
“Well, growing up, they would work a lot. I was always being babysat by the people, meaning people in my family. And then the opportunity, when it presented itself, I went away to college, went to San Diego State, then to USC. I’ve been independent for a really long time. I was a kid, like, in third or fourth grade, I had a key to my house, and I would walk home, and I would do my homework. I would clean the dishes. I would make my food. I’ve been independent for a really long time,” Saweetie explained her childhood to Hart.
Saweetie explained growing up, she was a “sad little kid” who yearned for her parent’s attention and time but knew her role as a part of the “family team” was to behave, take care of herself and be street smart.
“I think the feeling as a child was just like I was always yearning for them,” Saweetie shared.
“They would always tell me we’re a team, and in order for us to win, like, you have to do your part. So my part was behaving and being responsible. I was like a little woman,” she added.
The “Best Friend” artist explained that although her parents often worked, she stayed on the straight and narrow course, fearing her parent’s stern parental methods.
“I’m scared of my parents. They are very, like, reinforcers. They were forces, yes,” she giggled.
Saweetie’s father made sure to implement rules for her to follow regardless of his presence, especially regarding the subject matter of his young daughter playing outside in the streets.
“So my dad, like, if I wanted to go play outside, he would cut up articles about girls getting abducted, girls being sex trafficked, kids making the wrong decisions, and then ending up somewhere they shouldn’t be. So he put me on game at a really young age,” she told Hart, explaining one of the methods her father used to educate her on street safety.
Not allowing her upbringing to stir anger or resentment inside, Saweetie revealed to her parents how she was feeling regarding their absence.
“I had this conversation with my mom around the time Icy Girl came out,” she said. “And then I had this conversation with my dad last year on my birthday.”
Launching the sensitive conversation in a “calm” manner, Saweetie confronted her parents about her reserves and was met with “lots of apologies” and understanding by both parents.
“They apologized for my childhood,” she said.
The “My Type” artist said her mother’s explanation gave her a better understanding of why her mother worked tirelessly to ensure her daughter would not have to struggle as she once did.
“she didn’t want me going through what she went through because she was on the streets since she was, like, 14 years old,” Saweetie said. “So she learned a lot through trial and error, and she just wanted to protect me.”
This conversation follows Saweetie’s recent hair chop and a public message about her overcoming mental health issues.