Common is typically a very busy man. The multi-hyphenate from Chicago has range—rapper, actor, writer, activist, and philanthropist—and those various pursuits don’t usually leave a lot of time to focus on himself. Now that the world has been put on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, Common is trying to do the things he wouldn’t normally otherwise: watch good movies, further explore his faith, and date Tiffany Haddish.
With the help of the dating app Bumble, Common recently went on his first virtual date ever, and it just so happened to be with a super-famous comedian and actress.
“While we are at home a lot of times alone, alone doesn’t mean lonely,” Common told Men’s Health on a phone call. “Tiffany is a beautiful, wonderful person. She’s a lovely person. So when [this opportunity] was presented to me, I was like, ‘Yes.’
According to Bumble, the video chat feature within the app experienced a 56% increase globally during the week ending March 27 compared to the week ending March 13, which goes to show there’s an increased interest in virtual interactions and connections.
Common used a few new features from Bumble for his date with Haddish, including a “Virtual Date” badge, recorded audio notes, and expanded distance filters that allow you to match with people nationwide.
“I can’t claim to be the dating guru,” Common prefaced with a laugh. “I always told my friends, ‘Yo, I don’t have game. I just speak truth.'”
But from the sounds of the date, Common was just being modest.
In a chivalrous flourish, Common arranged for a bouquet of flowers to be delivered to Haddish’s house at the start of the date. He also got creative with a few other deliveries.
“I found out she liked pickles,” Common said. “I sent her a jar of pickles as a gift. And I like palo santo a lot. I sent some of those [palo santo sticks] to her.”
One of the things Common says he enjoyed most about his virtual date was getting to connect on a deeper level with Haddish since so much emphasis was put on conversation. During their date, Common and Haddish talked about topics like spirituality and personal aspirations, but also made time to chat about their favorite things they’ve streamed on Netflix in quarantine. They also watched an episode of the show Queen Sono over video chat and ended the night by dancing together(ish).
Via Bumble’s Community Grants Program, Common and Haddish are also donating $50,000 to businesses in the food industry across the country, who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Bumble is also offering nearly $1 million in monetary support to small businesses in 11 countries during the pandemic through its Bumble Community Grants program.
The most important thing to keep in mind if you’re thinking about dating in quarantine?
“Authenticity is very important. Just be who you are. That’s important in any form of dating, but [with virtual dating] it’s really important to present yourself, who you are,” Common said. “As real as you can be on a date, be it, man. You want the person to get to know you as much as possible so you can get an assessment of that person.”
Common is crossing his fingers for another date, virtual or not.
“I would love to do this again. I had a great time,” Common said. “Now, because I think Tiffany enjoyed our date, I will ask her on another date at some point. I believe she had a good time. She sounded like she was into it.”
Curious about going on a virtual date of your own? For every “Virtual Date” badge added to a user’s profile, Bumble is donating $1 to the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Fund up to $10,000. after previously donating $100,000 to the fund.
Check out a video recap of Common and Haddish’s date below:
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Because we know everyone needs a good love story (and a good laugh) right now, we asked our friends @tiffanyhaddish & @common to take us along on their @bumble virtual date this past weekend 😉 💛 Aren’t we all just looking for this kind of chemistry over Video Chat? Thank you to @tiffanyhaddish and @common for letting us in on virtual date night, for helping us donate food to hospitals in need, and for reminding us a slow jam over Video Chat could be exactly what we need.
source: Men’s Health