Tiffany Haddish is arguably one of America’s favorite female comedians of recent times. However, her rise to fame was certainly no walk in the park. The actress, in a recent chat with Glamour magazine, revealed some not so glamorous details of her life before the fame, including being raised by an abusive mother, getting raped at 17 and building defense mechanisms.
Speaking about the sexual abuse, Tiffany disclosed that the experience, which put her in “such a messed-up place for a long time”, happened when she was just 17. Tiffany met her rapist at a family event. After the event, he offered to take her home but drove to his house instead.
We get to his place and I see, like, handcuffs and a police uniform and I’m like, ‘What’s that? Is that like a Halloween costume or something? And he’s like, ‘No I’m a cadet, I’m training to be in the police force. I want to end up being a police officer.’
Next thing I know, I’ve got one arm up in the handcuff, and he’s got me pinned down. He raped me, he was stronger than me. It was the worst feeling in the world.
I notice that men are afraid of women that are aggressive. So to protect myself I become semi-aggressive. You hear about, ‘Tiffany always hitting on somebody,’ but that’s to keep them from hitting on me