Tiffany Haddish Says Ex Common Was ‘Chasing’ Her for 2 Years Before She Finally Agreed to Date Him (Exclusive)

The hit comedian, actress and author opens up about her past relationships ahead of the release of new memoir 'I Curse You with Joy', out May 7

 Cindy Ord/Getty; Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Tiffany Haddish and Common
Cindy Ord/Getty; Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Tiffany Haddish and Common

Tiffany Haddish has a new lease on love these days.

"I've been dating multiple guys. They all know about each other," Haddish, 44, tells PEOPLE in this week's issue, ahead of the release of new memoir I Curse You With Joy, out May 7. But despite multiple suitors, she adds, "I haven't been having sex since October."

So far, the celibate lifestyle is working out for the notoriously sex-positive star. "You know what I noticed," she says. "When you don't [have sex], it's like men love you even more. They work even harder. Take you on trips. They be in love. They're like, 'I've never been in a relationship like this. It's amazing!' and I'm like 'We in a relationship? I thought you were just taking me to eat.'"

<p>Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty</p> Tiffany Haddish

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

Tiffany Haddish

When it comes to the hit comedian, actress and author's last known relationship, with rapper Common, 52, she says he pursued her for some time prior to them dating in 2020.

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"The only celebrity I've entangled with, it was two years of him chasing me down before I finally was like, 'Okay, let's do something'," she says of her ex. "That was top of 2020, but we met at the beginning of 2018, 2017."

Common and Haddish seemed happy over the year and a half that they dated, with Common telling PEOPLE in July of 2021, "I need to enjoy life. So I feel, with Tiffany and I, I've been experiencing that and I'm grateful for that."

Lester Cohen/Getty Common and Tiffany Haddish
Lester Cohen/Getty Common and Tiffany Haddish

But according to Haddish, the pair had quietly gone their separate ways as of August of 2021. "It wasn't mutual," Haddish told The Washington Post months later. "It was more him saying, 'I think this relationship has run its course.’"

Now, having contemplated her ex's dating history, Haddish says she's not surprised by the timing of their split. "It's every two years. It's like six to nine months single and then two years on [in a relationship] and then six to nine months single and then two years on. That's his schedule. That's his cycle."

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That said, "I ain't mad at that," says Haddish. "There's a gang of old a-- men that's not famous that's doing the same thing."

Haddish, who's been married once before, isn't sure she wants to tread that road again. "I want a partner," she says. "I would like for us to have a wedding but not necessarily a marriage contract. I want the party and the relationship. I do not want the license."

<p>HarperCollins</p> Tiffany Haddish: I Curse You with Joy


Tiffany Haddish: I Curse You with Joy

The star says in lieu of a marriage license, "I want us to be in a trust and if we have kids or we adopt kids, they're going to be trust fund babies. And I think we should both change our names."

It's a non-traditional plan, similar to the one she had while dating Common.

"Everybody was like, ‘Oh, Tiffany, you wanted to marry him so bad’," she says looking back, "and I'm like, if I wanted to marry that man, I would not have been talking about him buying me an apartment building. I think a deed is more powerful than a marriage license and easier to get out of. At least there's some return on that investment."

I Curse You With Joy, out May 7, is available for preorder now, wherever books are sold.

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