These celebrities used to be really poor
Leonardo DiCaprio told the LA Times that he had a very poor childhood and that he used to live in a humble neighborhood of Los Angeles. Even though his mother worked, there was never enough money. "I've never done drugs," he said. "I've seen what drugs can do since I was 3 or 4 years old."
As a child, Sarah Jessica Parker lived with seven brothers plus her parents. They depended on public charity.
Halle Berry wasn't always rich. After her parents separated due to her father's violent behavior, Halle had to live in a shelter with her mother.
Before becoming one of the most famous (and rich) rappers, Shawn Corey Carter was a poor kid. He tried to get by in Marcy Projects, one of the marginal suburbs of Brooklyn, New York. The young Shawn flirted with drug use and turned to trafficking to make some money.
Jennifer Lopez left her home in the Bronx to train as a dancer but she didn't have the money to pay for housing. In an interview with W Magazine, the singer recalls that she had to sleep in her dance studio.
Justin Bieber was born when his mother was a teenager. His father was not present in his childhood, and the small family had little income. Justin never went to a music school. Instead, he learned music on his own. Bieber remembers how kids at school made fun of him because of his humble background.
The former First Lady of the United States grew up in a two-room apartment with a family of four in the Eastern European country of Slovenia. She was the daughter of two textile workers. Her father even joined the local Communist Party to get some support for his family.
The writer of the Harry Potter saga was once a single mother who had trouble making ends meet. She had to separate from her husband because he abused her. One day, sitting in a cafeteria, she came up with the imaginary boy who would make her very rich.
Actor Mark Wahlberg is the youngest of nine siblings. They lived in a three-bedroom apartment with their parents. At the age of 14, Mark stopped going to school and joined a gang. He was arrested numerous times for drug and weapon trafficking.
Demi Moore had a very difficult childhood. Her father abandoned his family before the actress was born and she had to live with a mother who was addicted to drugs. There was very little money coming into her house.
Jim Carrey's father lost his job when he was just a kid, and they had to live in a tent in his aunt's yard. He also had to leave school at 15 to help his family.
One of the wealthiest women in the United States, Oprah Winfrey, was born into poverty and had a very difficult childhood. After Oprah's mother abandoned her, she lived with her grandmother who made her dresses out of potato sacks because they could not afford to buy clothes.
Agent 007 had a rough start before he succeeded as an actor. He worked as a waiter, earning very little money, and even slept on a London park bench because he couldn't pay rent.
This actress was born in a halfway house because her mother and father served a sentence in prison for marijuana smuggling. While her mother continued incarcerated, Leighton was raised by her grandparents.
The musician's childhood was very tough. His father abandoned his family when Marshall Matters was only 6 months old. His mother didn't have a steady job, so they were always moving around. Finally, they settled in the suburbs of Detroit. Eminem never had a good relationship with his mother.
Selena Gomez's mother gave birth to the future actress when she was only 16 years old. The two had to get by without a father and went through a lot of financial difficulties.