While they may currently appear in a state of partnered bliss, the road to Common and Tiffany Haddish’s relationship wasn’t always so smooth. Common revealed on an Oct. 30 interview of SiriusXM’s “The Karen Hunter Show” that Haddish originally wasn’t all that into him.
“We honestly don’t run in the same circles too much. But, the first time I met Tiffany, she came to an Oscar event that I had hosted, honoring different people. … So anyway, she was there and was real cool. I didn’t try to talk or date her, she was just cool,” Common said.
The rapper’s feelings had blossomed by the time they worked together on the 2019 film “The Kitchen.”
“Then we worked on a film together, and that time I was definitely like, ‘Hey, what’s up? How you doing?’ And she was like, ‘Nah, we good, we friends,'” he said.
Common explained that he and Haddish remained good friends, until a night out in New York together made them think “that our friendship could go somewhere else.”
According to Lainey Gossip, there was speculation that the pair’s relationship was done after Haddish took to Instagram to rant about exes and people suspected Common had unfollowed her. However, it was discovered shortly afterward that the two were actually following each other on the social media platform, and prior to that Common had never followed her to begin with.
Contrary to unsubstantiated reports of their breakup, Common said that he is “doing wonderful” with Haddish and admires the “selfless” spirit she has when advocating for Black people in Hollywood.
“She’s a really incredible human being, and, you know, the more I get to know her, I just see how dynamic she is as a person. How intelligent, how selfless she is, how she stands up in Hollywood for Black women,” Common gushed about his girlfriend.
“I’m, like, learning [from her]. You know what I mean?” he continued. “She takes it like the law. … She’ll be like, ‘If there ain’t no Black people on the set, or no Black people working on this, then I’m not going to do it.’ Or, ‘Why can’t we go to these Black makeup artists?’
“And I think, it takes that type of courage and mouthpiece and rawness to get the equanimity that we’ve been looking for — the equality that we talk about,” he added. “Especially within — any area of life — but then the Hollywood structure, sometimes you have to shake them up and say, ‘Hey, y’all, this is what it has to be.'”
Common also noted that Haddish was “fun,” adding, “I like good-hearted people, and Tiffany has a wonderful heart at the end of the day.”
In August, Haddish spoke to Vlad TV about how positive she felt about what she calls, “Best relationship I’ve been in, in my life so far.”
“He brings a light to me that I’m super appreciative of,” she said about the rapper. “Like I’ve never been in a relationship with a man where it didn’t feel like a competition, where I didn’t feel like I needed to dim my light, feel smaller for him. He allows me to be myself.”
When asked about how he reacted to her newly shaven bald head, Haddish described his reaction as nothing less than overly effusive, which caused her to be emotional in turn.
“When I cut it all off, and he saw it, he said, ‘You look so beautiful, Tiffany, you look amazing, like a queen, you’re so beautiful.’ I was like [mimicking crying],” she said.