Ashanti has always had her sister Kenashia’s back, and now the singer has recalled a time when she defended her sibling from an abusive boyfriend to the point where she took a baseball bat and threatened to use it as a weapon.
Ashanti, Kenashia and their mother, Tina, appeared on the latest episode of Red Table Talk on Wednesday (Nov. 23), with the Douglas women recounting their experiences of the traumatic abuse Shia suffered at the hands of her fiancé, rapper Slowbucks, of 13 years.
During the interview, Shia revealed that Slowbuck once hit her so hard that her teeth fell out and she ended up having to close her jaw. Even after the incident, the rapper – a former rival of 50 Cent – continued to pursue her.
With Ashanti’s adrenaline pumping through her veins after Shia called her one day, the R&B singer pulled herself up with a baseball bat to defend her younger sister.
“I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ And I went into the garage, I got the bat, I pulled up in the truck, I had Vaseline,” she recalled. “I was ready. Yeah, I was alone because I had the adrenaline. You know what I mean?”
As she continues to be an ally to those who have experienced domestic violence, Ashanti took to Instagram last month to celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month and shared a sobering photo of her sister bloodied and bruised.
“Words will never be able to express the amount of pain, rage and disgust I feel reliving these moments… but at the same time I am so proud of how strong, brave, resilient and unbreakable you are. My sister is a warrior ! I love you deeply and endlessly,” Ashanti wrote in her caption.
“Thank you for being so brave and calling attention to this evil, disgusting and sad behavior that so many women experience every day. You did it! You won! Some women feel so scared they have no way out … by sharing your story you bring hope, strength [and] continue to raise awareness about domestic violence.”
Shia went public with her abuse in 2020 after posting a harrowing photo of her facial injuries and admitted she had surgery to reconstruct her jaw and mouth as a result. 50 Cent retweeted the disturbing photos as she called out her ex-partner.