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Is Tiffany Haddish a Scientologist? How ‘bunk beds’ stopped the actress from joining the controversial cult

Haddish was about to join the controversial cult at a time when she was a struggling newcomer in the industry
Tiffany Haddish (Getty Images)
Tiffany Haddish (Getty Images)

Tiffany Haddish was almost on the verge of becoming a Scientologist, but a rather strange thing stopped that from happening — bunk beds. Unbelievable, right? In her autobiographical book ‘The Last Black Unicorn’, Haddish speaks about how she was about to join the controversial cult at a time when she was a struggling newcomer in the industry. 

So, did she become a Scientologist or did something stop her from charting that path? At a panel for ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things on ABC’ at the Television Critics Association’s 2019 summer tour, Haddish revealed the one thing that made her kiss goodbye to her brief stint as part of the Church of Scientology.

“I took a few courses and they found out I was homeless. They were like ‘If you stay here, we’ll pay you $50 a month and you can have a roof over your head and you can help us in Englewood and South Central area’ because I guess they didn’t have any other people like me in their organization,” Haddish said. “I said ‘OK.’ I signed the contract. The contract was like a billion years or something like that, which I thought was crazy but I was like whatever I need a place to stay.”

Tiffany Haddish (Getty Images)

Did Haddish join Scientology in her youth?

Isn't past secret surprising? If you're wondering what really happened to her Scientology plans, here's all you need to know. Years ago when her career was yet to take off, Haddish was struggling to make ends meet. She was homeless and desperately needed a roof above her head. In fact, she referred to herself as ‘homeless as hell’ during the interview, reported USA Today

At that time, a believer in Scientology approached her at a casting agency where she was trying to land some work. After taking a few courses with the sect, they learned that she was homeless and offered her the promise of a home and monthly allowance. They said that they would give her $50 a month, as well as a place to stay. Additionally, the group asked her to volunteer on their behalf in Inglewood and South Central parts of Los Angeles. 

Tiffany Haddish attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards (Getty Images)

How did bunk beds save her?

Her desperate situation prompted her to enter a contract with them without thinking twice. The contract had a bizarre duration of a billion years, but she chose to ignore it as all she sought was a place of residence. 

However, it was a simple factor that changed everything. When Haddish found out that they were offering her a ‘bunk bed’ to stay in, she immediately revolted. Her lifelong apathy for bunk beds made her lose her temper. 


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“They took me where (people) sleep – ‘The Barracks,’ they call it – and it was bunk beds, and I don’t do bunk beds. So I threw a fit and they tore my contract up and they put me out,” she admitted in the interview with a laugh.

“I don’t do bunk beds, it’s just not my thing,” she reiterated. Thus, it was a bunk bed that saved Haddish from serving in the LA community of Scientology.

Tiffany Haddish speaks onstage to celebrate Juneteenth (Getty Images)

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