When you think of celebrities, you imagine them living in luxurious, spacious mansions, not on the streets or in dance studios. However, that wasn’t always the case for some famous people who experienced being homeless before becoming popular and rich. Here are 7 celebrities, who were homeless at some point in their life for one reason or another, compiled by The Change Post.
1. Sylvester Stallone making his way
The 71-year-old actor who is well known for creating and starring as underdog boxer Rocky Balboa, the title character of the seven Rocky films between 1976 and 2015, struggled badly in the 1970s, just like the character that made him famous. He found himself living on the streets, and at some point even sold his own dog for fifty dollars. After he saw Chuck Wepner go toe to toe with Muhammad Ali for 15 rounds, he combined his personal experiences with what he saw to create the Oscar-winning story about an underdog boxer who finds his way to fame by pure perseverance and iron will.
After writing the script for Rocky in three-and-a-half days and selling it to Irwin Winkler and Robert Chertoff, things got better. The best part is that the Stalone bought his dog back for $15,000.
2. Jennifer Lopez the Bronx Kid
The Ain’t Your Mama singer, who now has a net worth of $320 million, used to sleep in a cot in dance studios. The famous singer and actress also known as J.Lo, grew up in a poor family who wanted the best for their daughter and still managed to send her to dancing and singing classes.
But when the Bronx-born performer decided to pursue an acting career in 1993 and dropped out of college, her parents weren’t all that supportive. They said that Latinas just do not leave everything for an acting career. But, Jennifer wasn’t to be deterred so she left home aged 18 and for a while slept in dance studios while pursuing her dreams.
3. Chris Pratt before his big break
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The 38-year-old actor whose net worth is $30 million, always dreamed of becoming famous but didn’t know how to accomplish those ambitions. The Parks and Recreation actor used to be a college dropout who worked two jobs; a daytime dancer and a discount ticket salesman. His luck turned around when actress Rae Dawn Chon noticed him serving tables at a Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant and decided he was perfect for a role in a horror movie.
4. Steve Jobs needed free meals
It’s pretty difficult to imagine the Apple’s CEO and co-founder asking for free meals. But, this brilliant guy, who was who learned to love the mechanical world from his adoptive father was bored, misbehaving, and often suspended at school.
When his parents collected enough money to enroll him at Reed College in Portland, Oregon they didn’t have money to afford a dorm room. In a 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, Jobs revealed how during that period he slept on the floor in friends’ dorm rooms and got free meals from a temple. At the time of his death, he was worth a whopping $10.2 billion.
5. Jewel Kilcher shines in adversity
The ‘Foolish Games’ singer who has four Grammy Award nominations started her career by singing in Alaskan bars and hotels with her father. At the age of fifteen, she moved to Michigan where she performed in coffeehouses but had to live in her car for a while. However, the 43-year-old singer got her big break when producer Inga Vainshtein discovered her and recommended her to Atlantic Records.