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Megan Thee Stallion Announces ‘Flamin’ Hot University’ Initiative, with Proceeds Dedicated to Supporting HBCU Students at Texas Southern University
At last week’s MTV VMAs, Megan Thee Stallion and Justin Timberlake created buzz after fans speculated that a viral video caught them arguing backstage. Now, the “Bongos” rapper is breaking down the interaction.
In light of her newly unveiled Flamin’ Hot University, where she serves as the official Hot Girl Dean of Admissions, the 28-year-old rapper opened up about how she found out she had gone viral — and what her immediate reaction was.
“I freaking love Justin,” Megan tells PEOPLE exclusively. “First of all, I do not have any apps on my phone social media-wise except for TikTok. But when somebody asked me, ‘Were you fighting with Justin Timberlake?’ I said, ‘Why would you say that? In what world would Megan Thee Stallion be fighting with Justin Timberlake? What are you talking about?'”
She continues, “I just talk with my hands. So I was telling him, ‘No, I didn’t really get to meet you. This does not count.’ I had my in ears in. I couldn’t hear what he was really saying, but we talked after and I was like, ‘Oh man, they think I’m back here tussling with Justin Timberlake.'”
Reflecting on the past, Megan fondly recalls the incident as a “cute moment” that made her feel genuinely “happy.”
She dismissively remarks about the fan speculations, saying, “That is so foolish. I’m like, ‘Dude, we’re just back here trying to bring sexy back. Y’all think we’re fighting and all that?'”
Following the award show, she set the record straight by sharing a TikTok video, which she also posted on Instagram. In the video, Megan and the “Mirrors” singer, aged 42, can be seen enjoying each other’s company at Tao Downtown in New York City, specifically in the nightclub’s private sky boxes. The footage captures their joyful interaction as they sit side by side, sharing laughter.
“I just express myself with my gestures 🤷🏽♀️ lol @justintimberlake love ya 💙,” the hip-hop artist playfully captioned her post, referring to the hand-waving moment she shared with the former *NSYNC member in the viral clip.
Timberlake chimed in on the incident with his own comment: “Real hot girl s—. Never change @theestallion ❤️,” he replied to the post, which featured the J-pop band Do As Infinity’s “Fuka Mori” as the soundtrack, one of the themes from the anime Inuyasha.
In her partnership with Flamin’ Hot, Megan contributed to the creation of online courses covering food, fashion, and lifestyle. She also designed a limited edition merchandise collection, including a Stallion Varsity Jacket, with the proceeds going towards scholarships for HBCU students at her alma mater, Texas Southern University.
“When I first started college, I was pretty unsure about my career path. Initially, I thought, ‘I’m going to be a nurse.’ But as I delved into it, I realized it wasn’t the right fit for me,” she reflects. “I felt like I lost myself in the chaos of school, and the stress started to pile up as I wondered how I would finance my education. I felt like I was on the wrong path.”
“Eventually, after spending some time in college and discovering my identity as a woman, I was fortunate enough to already be on my way to becoming Megan Thee Stallion, financially capable of putting myself through school,” she continues. “However, I had classmates who couldn’t complete their education because they couldn’t access financial aid or simply lacked the funds. It was a real source of pressure and stress.”
She concludes, “So I always knew I wanted to make a difference and help someone fulfill their college dreams, anyone I could.”
In addition to her philanthropic efforts, the “Captain Hook” rapper has been busy in the studio and anticipates a surprising next chapter in her career, even though her fans, “the hotties,” might not be ready for it.
“This is going to be something unexpected,” she reveals. “I feel really confident about it, and it won’t be your typical ‘hot girl s—.'”