Homeless To Mainstream: 10 Celebs Who Lived On The Street

Even though this may not be at the forefront of your mind, homelessness is a very real problem in America. According to the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, more than 3.5 million people in the U.S. become homeless every year. That’s a whole lot of people, and many of them are children. Some people who have been homeless are now huge celebrities who have worked hard to overcome financial hardship.

Of course, there are plenty of reasons why a person or family can become homeless. Some people fall behind on their rent or mortgages due to job loss or reduced hours. Others are not able to find jobs due to limited skill sets or a struggling economy. There are also instances in which families have to pay out large sums of money for medical bills or caring for a loved one, which can have dire financial consequences. In most cases, a combination of situations can lead to homelessness, and it is devastating for everyone involved.

There are some instances in which teenagers and young people become homeless as well. Some run away from home in order to live life on their own terms, and others feel that living on their own will provide personal and emotional safety. Here are 10 well-known celebrities who were homeless at one point.

10 Hilary Swank

9 Jim Carrey

8 Sylvester Stallone

7 Kelly Clarkson

6 William Shatner

5 Halle Berry

4 Jennifer Lopez

3 Sam Worthington

2 Dr. Phil

1 Jewel

Talented singer Jewel spent quite a bit of time living out of her van and traveling the country. She sang and played her guitar wherever she could in order to make money before she achieved success in the music industry. Both of Jewel’s parents were also singers and songwriters, and she began performing with them when she was just six years old. Her 1995 album Pieces of You went multi-platinum. This was also the album that contained the hit single Who Will Save Your Souls, so it’s safe to say that all her hard work paid off. Jewel also released a country album entitled Perfectly Clear in 2008, which reached number one on the Billboard Country Album Chart.


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