Fresh off of his breakup with Tiffany Haddish, Common is opening up about their relationship and what led to their split. During an interview with Jason Lee on Hollywood Unlocked Uncensored, the “Come Close” MC got candid about his love for the comedian while also acknowledging that ultimately their careers got in the way of their union.
“First of all, I want to say, Tiffany, as you know, is for me, like, one of the best people I met in life,” Common said. “One of the best-hearted and most authentic and caring people that I met in life, and that’s what made me love her and be in love with her and want to be in a relationship with her and grow with her.”
He continued, “We had a real healthy and loving relationship. It was probably the most mature relationship I’ve been in. The communication, the respect, just all around, man.”
Unfortunately, their love and respect for one another in their relationship weren’t enough. The two reportedly called it quits in late November with sources pointing it to their busy schedules.
“I don’t think the love really dispersed,” he said. “I think it was just like we weren’t feeding the relationship.”
He concluded, “I feel like both of us cherish and valued our relationship and both have come out better human beings.”
While Common noted that it was a mutual split, Tiffany has yet to speak out about their breakup.
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When news broke about their relationship ending, many fans were caught off guard, and then there were some who blamed the rapper for the breakup due to his long history of dating some of the most high-profile women, but the relationships never lasted.
“There seems to be a pattern...It appears that Common likes to love bomb women, eventually drifts away, and blame it on everything else but the truth. I hope he realizes it and works on himself...also, some people just arent meant to be monogamous,” someone commented under the video of the interview.
“I don't believe Common...I want him not to date anyone to he knows what he want. This isn't a good look for him. When you get to a certain age you should know what you want. I wish him the best in life,” commented another.
The Chi-town artist even admitted that there was a pattern after he spoke with a therapist. TellingThe Breakfast Club in May 2019:
"The pattern I found myself in — and my therapist broke it down — was the feeling of being in love and that honeymoon period. I was addicted to that feeling. I obviously care for the person, but when things got tough and it was time to work through stuff, I wasn't willing to work through it."
Here are some of the other women the Academy Award-winning rapper has dated.
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Before dating Tiffany, Common was in a relationship with political commentator Angela Rye.
The former couple dated the summer of 2017 but called it quits in 2018. They later decided to give it another try in 2019, but ultimately broke up months later.
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Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson and Common began their relationship in October 2005 and it lasted for two years. The actors have been very private about the details of their love life together.
Who can forget Common’s relationship with Erykah Badu? They reportedly began dating in 2000 and collaborated on the hit 2002 song “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)” for the Brown Sugar soundtrack. Common called her his “first love” and revealed to People that he had a hard time eating after their split. They were together for two years.
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Switching things up in our careers---and thriving at doing so---is nothing new to us. Since, as ambitious Black women in our own right, we're often tasked with challenging ourselves, pushing ourselves past the status quo, and fighting to live out the best careers we can.
Alison Threadgill, senior director of talent relations at Revolt, made a pivot from serving as a publicist to working with top entertainment personalities in talent relations, and in her more than 15 years of experience, she's been able to elevate through the ranks of entertainment---previously at TV One and its sister companies Radio One, iOne, Reach Media and One Solution.
"I get to cast and highlight artists and creators and cultural leaders who are really driving the culture forward," she said. "At Revolt, we are very unapologetically hip-hop, and so I'm always searching for fresh voices and undiscovered artists. Revolt really is a platform that's for people like that to be showcased to the world. ... It's exciting to work in this world where I have the opportunity to really elevate Black voices and Black audiences."
I caught up with Alison to talk about why she chose to shift from PR to her current post, how we can all truly lift as we climb--even in industries that might have reputations for being super-competitive, and how she's working the job of her dreams to the max.
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xoNecole: You mentioned pushing the culture forward. What does that specifically mean for Revolt as a network?
Alison Threadgill: One of the things that makes Revolt unique is that we represent a very Gen Z and millennial voice. What the status quo is, is not what we're about. We are sparking conversations that are going to bring about change, to make people think differently, to get people to realize that just because something has been a certain way, doesn't mean that's the way that it should be or should continue to be. We pride ourselves on being very disruptive and bringing about voices that showcase that.
We have a new show that's coming later this year where there will be lots of different voices.
We're coming up on an election year, and so being able to have voices in our community that are talking about issues that are important to us and understanding that there's a lot wrong in the world, our people are so often overlooked and mistreated, and so what do we as a community need to do to really impact change? Who are the people we need to empower who are not just going to give us lip service but are actually going to do things to create change?
It's about starting those conversations and understanding, for our audience, that Revolt is a place you can come to hear that and see that.
xoN: You pivoted from PR to talent relations. What transferable skills have helped you in doing so?
AT: One of the things that is a skill set that you have to have for both is working with very different personalities. Working in PR, I worked very closely with talent all of the time. I think that was probably the key skill set between the two---understanding that, especially in the celebrity world, you can work with very challenging personalities, whether it be on the management or agent side, to the talent themselves. Just understanding how to work with all kinds of personalities to be able to get your job done, I would say, would be the No. 1 skill between the two.
xoN: What advice do you have for young women who want to pursue a pivot into talent relations?
AT: Can I speak to entertainment in general? This is something that can work in both. I think one thing that a lot of people---especially for [those] who are not in large markets--a New York, an Atlanta, an LA--it can be daunting. How do I break in? [It's by] volunteering, even with something at the local level, so that you're gaining experience in entertainment. What you're doing as a volunteer may not be something you absolutely love, but it's giving you the exposure to all these other entertainment jobs, what other people are doing, that you didn't even know existed that interests you. Volunteering is huge in figuring out what you want to [do] and giving you exposure to other areas.
The other thing that I think we don't do enough, especially as Black people---and sometimes as women--- is using our network---talking to your network. Telling your friends, colleagues, and associates about things that interest you in entertainment.
It's important to put yourself out there because if people don't know, they can't help you. It may not be a situation where it's something they know about, but a friend of [a] friend might mention that they're looking for somebody or know somebody.
It's easy to not share because you assume people may not be tapped in, but you don't know who they know---so just really be open to putting yourself out there. So much about this industry is about relationships, and doors open because of your relationships.
Also, using LinkedIn as a tool if you don't know anybody in entertainment or there's a role you're interested in.
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