Tiffany Haddish Opens Up About Her "Very Violent" & "Verbally Abusive" Mother

Tiffany Haddish is taking down some of her walls and getting vulnerable in a new, extended interview with David Letterman. A clip of Haddish telling Letterman about her relationship with her mother has been released ahead of the season two premiere of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman on Netflix. In the clip, Haddish visibly chokes up as she speaks about their volatile relationship during her childhood and how she tried to process what was happening with her mother during that time.

At one point during her conversation with Letterman (and as seen in the clip below), Haddish tells Letterman when she was old enough to recognize she didn’t want to live with her mother.

“I didn’t want to be with my mom no more,” she recalled. “She had became very violent and very verbally abusive. You never knew who she was going to be. Every day was like a different day. I used to be begging my mom if I could go live with my grandma. And my mom would yell, ‘She’s not your momma, I’m your momma!’”

Haddish then got visibly emotional, choking up as she told Letterman, “I used to think she was demonized. I thought like maybe someone else jumped inside her body, like ‘Where’s my mommy?’ She’s gone.”

Letterman then steered the conversation to ask Haddish why her mother acted this way, allowing Haddish to explain, “When I was 8, about to be 9, she had a car accident and her head went through a windshield. By the grace of God she lived, but she had to learn how to walk, talk, eat, everything all over again.”

This isn’t the first time Haddish has spoken about her mother. During an interview with The New York Times as part of her promotional duties for her memoir The Last Black Unicorn, Haddish revealed that her stepfather had tampered with the brakes in her mother’s car to injure her and her kids — Haddish included — but her mother ended up driving the car by herself and getting into the life-altering accident.

Haddish’s emotional clip is the second clip that’s been released in the lead up to the release of My Next Guest season two which premieres on Netflix on May 31. Earlier this week, a clip from an Ellen DeGeneres-focused episode was released that was similarly emotional as DeGeneres opened up about the sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager.

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