Bhad Bhabie Has Some Words For Dr. Phil

Teen rapper Bhad Bhabie (born Danielle Bregoli) became famous after appearing on a Dr. Phil Show episode. She and her mother were guests on an episode titled "I Want to Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried to Frame Me for a Crime." In the segment, Bhad Bhabie called her mother "crazy," "overbearing," and "controlling," while she insisted that "ain't nobody going to catch me" during her wild acts of rebellion. Of course, her viral catchphrase from the episode became, "Cash me outside, how about that?"

Eventually, Bhad Bhabie parlayed her fame into a rap career. In 2017, her first single "These Heaux" peaked at No. 77 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and, according to the BBC News, she became the youngest female artist to land a debut single on the chart at age 14. After that, Bhad Bhabie secured a multi-album record deal with Atlantic Records in September 2017, according to Billboard.

But on March 19, 2021, Bhad Bhabie posted a video to YouTube to let her fans know that her Dr. Phil appearance also allegedly forced her into an abusive experience.

Bhad Bhabie demanded an apology from Dr. Phil

In March 2021, rapper Bhad Bhabie posted a since-deleted 8-minute video to YouTube, titled "Breaking Code Silence — Turn About Ranch abuse Dr. Phil." In the video, she talked about how after her famous Dr. Phil appearance, upon host Phil McGraw's recommendation, she was taken to Turn-About Ranch in Utah without her consent (her mother and grandmother allegedly knew). At the camp, Bhad Bhabie said she experienced abuse, such as making her stay awake in a teepee for three days.

Bhad Bhabie is speaking out as part of the Breaking Code Silence movement, which is spreading awareness about abuse and mistreatment at this Utah camp and other similar ones. Another Dr. Phil guest, Hannah Archuleta sued Turn-About in February 2021, according to Page Six, alleging that she was sexually assaulted at the camp and punished for reporting the incident. (Newsweek reached out to Turn-About Ranch and McGraw's reps for comment, but there wasn't an immediate response.)

So, that's why Bhad Bhabie demanded an apology from Dr. Phil in her YouTube video. She said, "Dr. Phil, I am going to give you from now until April 5 to issue an apology, not only to me, but to Hannah or any other child you sent to Turn-About or any other program like this, and if you don't I'm going to handle things my way." Dr. Phil hadn't addressed the video and allegations at the time of publication.