Tiffany Haddish Opens Up About Abuse From Her Mother's Mental Illness In Her New Book

Tiffany Haddish is on her way to becoming a household name in Hollywood.


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The Girls Trip star recently became the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live. She also has multiple projects in the works, including things for TV and film.


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On top of that, the 37-year-old actor is preparing to release her first memoir, The Last Black Unicorn. In the book, Tiffany opens up about her past.


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In a book excerpt published in People magazine, Tiffany writes candidly about her relationship with her mother, who has a mental illness, and the physical and emotional abuse that came from that relationship.

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Tiffany was raised by her mother, a small business owner, in South Central Los Angeles. When Tiffany was eight years old, her mother survived a car crash that ultimately left her with severe brain damage.


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“After the accident, oh my God, she would say the worst things to me, like ‘You look like your ugly ass daddy, I hate him. I hate you.’”


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“She couldn’t get all her words out, so she’d just punch me. Just full on. Because of her I can take a punch like nobody’s business.”


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“Teachers would ask, ‘Why’s Tiffany’s lip busted?’ I didn’t say anything. As bad as she was to me, I still couldn’t help but love her.”


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But Tiffany’s life drastically changed when she was 13 years old, after her mother got into an altercation with their neighbor.


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“The police ended up taking her to the hospital. The doctors decided she’s schizophrenic. So, my mom went into a mental facility.”


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“And me and my four younger sisters and brothers went into foster care. I was in group homes for a while. I hate thinking about that. It was more like prison.”


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Tiffany’s mother is still living in a psychiatric hospital, but she’s hoping to change that one day. One of her biggest life goals is to be able to take care of her mother.


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“My goal is to get enough money to buy a duplex. I want to put her in one of the units and hire a full-time nurse to take care of her.”


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“Then I want to get her whatever medications she needs so she can be my mama again. Honestly, that’s all I really want in life.”


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Read the full excerpt at People. Fans can get their hands on Tiffany’s new book, The Last Black Unicorn, when it hits stands Dec. 5.










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