Tiffany Haddish is known for her brazen and honest personality, but her latest interview is showing a more vulnerable side.
In an interview with Glamour, Haddish took a moment to let her guard down and revealed that she too was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a police cadet when she was just 17 years old.
“That whole experience put me in such a messed-up place for a long time, and I ended up going to counseling.”
The Last OG star also revealed that the traumatic experience also led to her tough demeanor as a way to fend off predatory men in the industry; while addressing how hard it is for women of color to get justice in instances of sexual abuse.
“I notice that men are afraid of women that are aggressive. So to protect myself, I become semi-aggressive,” she continued. “You hear about, ‘Tiffany always hitting on somebody,’ but that’s to keep them from hitting on me. Me just yelling out people’s names with no thought behind it is pointless. I need a plan. I could be a voice, but what’s a voice going to do—just keep talking? Or is there action behind it?”
Despite the terrible experience, Haddish has continued to remain positive in pressing forward not just for herself but for other growing up just like her.
“I want to get on that Forbes magazine, not for the money, but to be an example to other foster youths that it don’t matter how low from the bottom you are, you can always rise to the top if you believe in yourself.”
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