King Harris has revealed some of what fans saw on T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle wasn’t real — like his living arrangement with his parents.
King, 19, said despite appearing for years on the VH1 reality show with his five siblings and parents — rapper T.I. and R&B singer Tameka “Tiny” Cottle-Harris, he lived at his grandmother’s house.
The lyricist dropped that bombshell while speaking on Funny Marco’s “Open Thoughts” podcast.
“It’s a lot about that TV show, man, that got people confused,” King said, before claiming that he was told when to visit his parents’ house to be filmed for the show.
“I live with my grandma. You know, we’ll go to the house on a weekend. They’ll say, ‘Hey we shooting today, we need y’all at the house.’ They come get us from my grandma house and right after we done, when the cameras go off, I’m right back to my grandma house,” he said in the video posted on YouTube.
Several fans reacted in the comments section of the video, saying they were stunned by King’s comments.
“It was crazy to know that both parents are wealthy and available but his grandmother still raised him. That’s wild,” wrote @CESEH1.
“I had no clue he lived with his grandma,” said @lanieke5444.
“This was a nice interview!!! I loved seeing him in a different light. I didn’t know KING didn’t live with them at the time of the show and that he stays with his grandmother. I wonder if the younger kids live with them. Reality shows be so fake,” added @neneamore3830.
King didn’t explain why lived with his grandmother, instead of with his parents.
The teenager recently made headlines, and faced criticism on social media, for offering a homeless man $50 to try the “One Chip Challenge,” following the death of a 14-year-old boy.
“Think I ain’t spoke to my son? Think I ain’t told my son, his mama and his grandmama? His ass is going to prison … if he keeps this s–t up, his ass is going to prison,” T.I. said.
After King’s recent antics, some fans commented on the “Open Thoughts” interview that they were glad to learn more about his life.
“This actually makes King likable and also realize he’s still just a kid. Just stay safe young man. Respect,” @jasonparson8155 commented.
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle focused on the lives of T.I., Tiny, and their six children. The series aired from 2011 to 2017.
It was followed by the spinoff, T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle. The spinoff also featured Monica Brown, Toya Wright, Letoya Luckett, Zonnique Pullins and Reginae Carter. It premiered in 2018, and ran for three seasons before it was canceled in 2021.
Listen to King’s comments at the 6:10 mark in the video below.