When Tiffany Haddish first told the now famous Beyoncé story, we assumed that was all we needed to know. Somebody was trying to push up on Jay Z and she wasn’t having it. But in her recent interview with GQ, she explained that it was more outrageous than we thought.
Far be it for me to pretend to be a better raconteur than Haddish, so I won’t even summarize.
“There was this actress there,” continues Haddish, keeping her voice low, “that’s just, like, doing the mostest. She bit Beyoncé in the face.”
Unfortunately, for us, Haddish did not name the artist.
When GQ reached out to Beyoncé’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, she said, “I absolutely cannot comment on any of this, as I have no knowledge.”
Back to the story.
“So Beyoncé stormed away, went up to Jay-Z, and was like, ‘Jay! Come here! This bitch—’ and snatched him. They went to the back of the room. I was like, ‘What just happened?’ And Beyoncé’s friend walked up and was like, ‘Can you believe this bitch just bit Beyoncé?’ ”
“And so then…a lot of things happened.”
Haddish and the biting actress ran into one another several times throughout the night. At one point, there was a standoff between the two and the actress told Haddish to stop dancing.
Later in the evening, after the bite, Tiffany and Beyoncé took the selfie we would find on Haddish’s IG page. She explained again, how it happened but this time with the biting in context.
“And then Beyoncé and Jay-Z walked by me, and I tapped Beyoncé.” Haddish told her, “I’m going to beat somebody ass at your party. I just want to let you know that.” Beyoncé asked her not to—told her to “have fun” instead.
That’s when they took the selfie.
“Near the end of the party. Beyoncé’s at the bar, so I said to Beyoncé, ‘Did she really bite you?’ She was like, ‘Yeah.’ I was like, ‘She gonna get her ass beat tonight.’ She was like, ‘Tiffany, no. Don’t do that. That bitch is on drugs. She not even drunk. The bitch is on drugs. She not like that all the time. Just chill.’ ”
Bey and Jay are better than me. I’m shocked that the actress wasn’t ejected after her Tyson-esque antics.
Later in the interview, GQ asked Haddish about the comparisons she’s been getting to fellow comedian Mo’Nique. As we’ve reported, Mo’Nique asked us to boycott Netflix for gender and color bias when they refused to compensate her in a way that she deemed fair. Haddish’s name entered the conversation when Mo’Nique asked what she, a newbie in the industry, would be offered if legends like herself and Wanda Sykes were nickel and dimed. Shortly after Mo’Nique’s plea, Haddish signed her own voiceover deal with Netflix.
She explained her stance.
“My business runs different than her business,” says Haddish. “I don’t live her life. I don’t have that husband of hers. I’m looking at how [Netflix has] opened up so many opportunities for black females and comedy. When my people are dying, that’s when you gonna catch me protesting. I’m not gonna protest because somebody got offered not the amount of money they wanted to get offered. If you don’t like what they’re offering you, just no longer do business with them. If I protest Netflix—what about all the black shows that are on there? What about all the other actors that are working on there? All the Indians, the Hispanics, the Asians. My show, The Carmichael Show, airs on there right now. It ain’t on NBC.”
When asked what she is doing with the money she’s making these days, Haddish said that she’s been able to accomplish the goal of taking better care of her mother. As we reported earlier, Haddish mentioned that she wanted to remove her mother from the mental institution and provide the care she needs. She’s currently doing that for both her mother and grandmother.
“I’m mostly taking care of my family right now. I just got my mom out the mental institution. Once you start making it in the business, you start meeting all kinds of people that”—she leans in conspiratorially—“definitely have mental problems. And they link you up with the best psychiatrists. Literally all my money goes into my grandmother and my mother. I got a two-bedroom apartment and moved my sister in so she could be monitoring [our mom]. I got nurses for my mom. My grandma bumped her head and had to have her brain drained, and she’s dealing with Alzheimer’s. I’ve got meal services coming to the house for her and for my mom…“When you order three meals a day, and they’re all organic, all natural, good food, that shit is expensive as fuck…Five hundred dollars a week. For one person.”
She also addressed her announcement of the Oscar nominations, memorable for the way Haddish mispronounced several of the names. If you thought Haddish was unfazed by the missteps, you thought wrong.
“That’s my natural reading skills right there. I felt so bad. ‘Cause I have feelings.”
In her book, The Last Black Unicorn, Haddish revealed that at the age of sixteen, she had about a first or second-grade reading level. She doesn’t say why, but one could surmise that she had little time for literacy when she was responsible for raising her siblings after her mother’s car accident and subsequent brain injury.
“I do have esteem issues when it comes to reading and writing. I always feel kind of self-conscious about letting people read something that I wrote because the last thing I wanna hear is ‘You spelled everything wrong.’ ” “Tucker Max, the co-author of her New York Times bestseller, helps fix those types of situations.”
Still, everything happens for a reason and Haddish said that her inability to read well as a child and teenager, helped improve her memory. Haddish describes memorizing long passages of text like a stenographer, which came in handy when it came time for her to memorize scripts and dialogue. Despite, the ability, literacy is something she’s working on, to the detriment of her unique ability. Haddish said, “the better I get at reading” the less she relies on her memory. “Like, ‘Oh, I can read this? I don’t have to know it that well.
You can read Haddish’s full interview over at GQ.