Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, professionally known as Megan Thee Stallion is an American rapper born on February 15, 1995, in San Antonio, Texas, United States.
Megan Thee Stallion’s successful career could be credited to her parents, Holly Thomas and Joseph Pete Jr.
The “Hiss” rapper was raised in Houston, Texas.
Joseph was imprisoned until Megan was 8 years old, but she still had a close relationship with both her parents.
Megan lost her dad to the cold hands of death in her freshman year of high school, and eight years later, March 2019 to be precise, her mom, who managed her career, died from cancer. Still, Megan credits them for where she is today.
In 2021, while accepting the Glamour Woman of the Year Award, Megan broke into tears during her speech, thanking her late mother for raising her.
In her words, “I really want to thank my mom,” she said. “I want to thank my mom because she taught me how to be the woman that I am.
She was my best friend, my manager, she was my everything, and I know she’s proud of me today.”
We understand your curiosity to know everything about Megan’s parents, who did not just teach her about her self-worth, but also managed her career.
Here’s everything to know about Megan Thee Stallion’s parents, Holly Thomas and Joseph Pete Jr.
Joseph was in jail until Megan was 8 years old
In a 2020 interview with Rolling Stone, Megan described her dad as a “full-time hustler.”
The story is not an easy one, as Megan didn’t get to see her dad as much.
In her words, “My dad was definitely my best friend, but for the first eight years of my life, he was in jail, when he got out, we were together every day.”
Megan had revealed that it was her dad who taught her self-worth and what to look for in relationships after she saw how he was with her mother.
“I saw how he treated my mom, and I saw how my dad treated me, I have so many strong positive influences. I’m not going to lower my standards,” she noted.
Holly the rapper
Joseph may have taught Megan how to value herself, but it was her mom who passed down her musical skills.
Holly christened her stage name as Holly-Wood and made music between 2001 and 2007, with her young daughter listening to her rap in the studio.
Megan said, “Holly-Wood is the first female rapper I’ve ever known, I’ve ever saw, so I’m thinking like, ‘OK, yeah, this is normal. Everybody’s doing this.”
She added, “So when she would take me to the studio with her, she would think I’m in the next room doing little kid stuff, coloring, watching TV, and I’m really like ear to the door, thinking, ‘Yeah, uh-huh I’ma do that, too.’”
According to Megan, her mom let her listen to Biggie and Pimp C while growing up, this, to a great extent influenced her rapping style later in life.
She recounted how she would steal her mom’s instrumentals to practice writing on them.
“She would be like, ‘Megan, have you seen my CDs?’ And I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? No,’ ” she said.
Her day job was as a bill collector, and for a long time, Megan would watch her mother juggling both. “I would see her fit in writing after work and before work, I’m used to seeing that work ethic.”
From mother to manager
This part of the story began when Megan told her mom she wanted to be a rapper. Of course, Holly didn’t believe that her young daughter even possessed such skills, but Megan quickly proved otherwise.
In a 2019 interview, she said, “I went home and told her I could rap, and she was like, ‘No you can’t,’ I’m like, ‘Yes I can.’ I started rapping and she was like ‘Oh my God! No, you not coming out ’til you’re 21!”
Impressed by her raunchy lyrics, Holly waved goodbye to her day job to become Megan’s manager and was by her side when she signed her first record deal.
The two sometimes fought over the details, but still, the “Hot Girl Summer” rapper said she’d rather “get into it with my mama than get into it with a stranger.”
Megan’s parents died while she was young
Megan lost her parents to the cold hands of death at a young age. At the time of her father’s death, she was a freshman in high school and just 15 years old.
In March 2019, tragedy struck again, Holly died from brain cancer.
In August 2022, the “Body” rapper joined The Ebro Show.
She discussed how she was coping three years after they passed.
“At this point in my life, I really realized that my mama was really driving the car for a long time,” she said. “I didn’t even have to think about too many things when mama was with me. I feel like it is just recently that it’s clicking to me, like who can I ask anything to?”
The “WAP” rapper talked about her last moments with Holly. She revealed that before she died, her mother told her to keep going and not let her death slow her down.
“She was like, ‘Just because I’m sick that don’t mean yous not supposed to be going to do your work. You got to a show tomorrow.’ I had a show in California for the first time … it was at Diesel,” she said.
Megan added, “It was just over so quick and I was just like, ‘Oh my God, what do I do?’ She said, ‘Don’t stop,’ so then I just took that literally. And we’re here today.”
Bagging a degree was something that was very important to Holly and Megan’s great-grandmother, who died just weeks after Holly.
Megan had dropped out of Texas Southern University after her career took off, but she made it a priority to still graduate, something she did in December 2021.
“I want to get my degree book I really want my mom to be proud” She saw me going to school before she passed.”
She added, “My grandmother that’s still alive used to be a teacher, so she’s on my butt about finishing school. I’m doing it for me, but I’m also doing it for the women in my family who made me who I am today.”
She started a foundation in honor of her parents
In February 2022, Megan marked her 27th birthday with a non-profit organization, Pete and Thomas Foundation, to honor her parents.
The foundation generates awareness around campaigns and programmatic activities with focuses on education and housing.
To her, “Launching the Pete and Thomas Foundation is easily one of the most significant endeavors that I’ll ever be part of in my career, my family raised me to help others and give back, so I’m incredibly proud to be in a position to accomplish that goal. I have a responsibility to use my platform to make a meaningful impact in the lives of those who may not have access to resources and support services.”