Tiffany Haddish was once consumed with the idea of getting revenge against her stepfather after he allegedly claimed to have orchestrated the horrific car crash that left her mother severely injured, and which he said he planned in order to kill not only Haddish’s mother, but her and her siblings as well.
The 38-year-old actress and comedian opened up about her difficult, often violent upbringing in an interview with The New York Times published on Wednesday. Haddish’s mother got into a life-altering car accident when Haddish was 8 that left her with severe brain damage, the actress shared, and it was that accident that Haddish believes led to her mother’s subsequent schizophrenia and abusive behavior.
It wasn’t until later in life, however, when Haddish was 21, that her stepfather shed new light on what happened. Haddish told the Times that her stepfather claimed to have caused the accident by cutting the brakes in her mother’s car, and that he planned for Haddish and her siblings to have been in the car with their mother when the crash occurred. Haddish said that, to this day, she still isn’t sure if he was telling the truth but, for a time, it left Haddish consumed with thoughts of vengeance.
“I was like, ‘I must get revenge!’” she said, according to The Times. She put her energy into trying to get back at him until her grandmother convinced her to leave the situation in God’s hands.
“His life was going really great when I was trying to get revenge,” Haddish said, according to The Times. “As soon as I stopped doing that, life started kicking him in the ass.”
Ultimately, it was stand-up comedy that helped Haddish overcome her depression, and her star has been steadily rising. Her standout performance in the 2017 film “Girl’s Trip” put Haddish on the map, and she took home an Emmy Award earlier this year for her “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig.
For Haddish, success comes after a lifetime of struggle and trauma. She opened up about her experiences with sexual assault earlier this year, revealing that she was raped at the age of 17 by a police cadet.
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