Tiffany Haddish recently opened up about her strained relationship with her mom and why she provides suitcases to foster kids.
In the latest Netflix episode of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman,” the host asked Haddish about her rough childhood.
For starters, Haddish said that when she was around 9 years old, her mother’s head went through a windshield during a car accident. As a result, her mom suffered a serious head injury and had to learn all of her basic skills again.
However, the “Girls Trip” actress became emotional as she revealed that the injury changed more than her mom’s physical state.
Haddish told Letterman:
“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.”
The actress said she loved her mom a lot so she tried her best to help her and take care of her four younger siblings. However, her mom’s new attitude made it very difficult.
“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.”
As a result, the comedian wasn’t exactly upset when she had to go to foster care at the age of 12 or 13.
With teary eyes, Haddish explained:
“I didn’t want to be with my mom no more…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!’”
She told Letterman that even in foster care, she would catch the bus to check on her siblings, who she’d been separated from.
Haddish recalled how hard it was moving from place to place at such a young age. She explained that a lot of times when they move foster kids from house to house, they often throw their things in trash bags.
“It’s like you’re being moved around. You and your clothes are garbage. That’s what you kind of feel like. You have really no say so about where you are or where you feel safe at….When I was like 13, I said ‘Man, if I ever get any kind of power–If I’m able to do anything, i’m going to try and figure out a way to make sure kids don’t feel like garbage.They don’t feel like this because it is the worst feeling in the world…”
Haddish has kept her word and now makes time to visit foster homes and provide kids that remind her of herself with suitcases. She said it’s something that they can call their own. Further, she said it provides them with a sense of humanity.
“I remember when I got my first suit case I felt like I was a traveler. I had a purpose like I’m a person…I’m human.”
Additionally, Haddish has provided better care and therapy for her mom, whom she said is doing much better.