Common is getting personal in a new interview about his girlfriend, Tiffany Haddish.
“I think one of the important things about relationships for me has been to really know myself more and love myself and be able to express the things that I want,” the rapper, 49, tells host Janine Rubenstein from PEOPLE’s Every Day Podcast. “I’ve evolved and gotten to that place.”
Common and Haddish have been dating a little over a year now and he discussed why their relationship is so important to him.
“It’s about really just being in a relationship where you can grow and you really support each other’s purpose and vision. I’m making you better, you’re making me better,” he says, adding, “and you can have fun.”
“People think I’m just so serious,” he continued. “But I like to have fun,” he says. “I need to enjoy life. So I feel, with Tiffany and I, I’ve been experiencing that and I’m grateful for that.”
Even though Common might not always have an answer for the Tuca & Bertie voice actress, he’s always around to lend an ear.
“I listen and take things in and try to do my best to understand,” says Common. “I listen to what Tiffany would have to say about how she feels about something and just try to understand it instead of always having an answer.”
The rapper/activist/actor is currently playing Dr. Chris Jackson in Netflix’s Never Have I Ever; Haddish actually helped him secure the gig!
“Tiffany put it on and I was like, ‘Oh man, I love this show!’ So to get a call and hear ‘They’re potentially looking at you for a role,’ man, I was geeked.”