Before she became famous, Girls Trip actress and comedienne Tiffany Haddish underwent many hardships, says she suffered abuse by her mother and now-ex-husband and was molested in foster care.
The star, who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, details her experiences in her memoir The Last Black Unicorn, which hits stores on Tuesday.
Here are some of most shocking details from the book:
1. Illiterate Until High School: Haddish writes that she "straight up could not read or write" and had a first or second grade reading level until the ninth grade, where she took AP classes regardless. She said she would get people to read things to her and was able to "game school" because the rules were "bulls--t." She said school kids and her mother, step-father and grandmother called her stupid. Haddish said a teacher eventually found out she couldn't read and gave her private lessons.
2. Abused by Mom: Haddish's mom and grandmother raised her for much of her adolescence, after her dad left when she was 3. She says that when she was a little kid, her mother suffered a head injury in a car accident and that after the crash, her mother acted differently towards her, even telling her she hates her and calling her ugly. Tiffany writes that when she was 9, her mother started beating her.