25 Rich And Famous People Who Were Once Homeless

It looks like some people have it all in life: power, fame, influence, and money. Most of us often look up to them and dream about becoming just like them. What would you say though if we told you that some of the most famous celebrities and successful people struggled more than your average Joe. In fact, some famous people were actually once Homeless. Today, we are going to highlight 25 Famous People Who Were Once Homeless. These celebrities give new meaning to the saying “everything comes with a price,” and used their struggles in life as their main inspiration to achieve their greatest goals.

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Shania Twain


The queen of the ’90s country music scene and probably the most commercially successful female country singer ever can probably enjoy any kind of luxury she desires (and how couldn’t she with an estimated net worth of $350 million)?

However, way before Shania conquered the charts, she struggled with a series of problems including poverty, domestic violence and homelessness. She stayed in various shelters in Toronto and slept on buses while at twenty-two she had to raise and provide for her younger siblings after their parents died in a tragic car accident.


Charlie Chaplin


The most famous actor of the first half of the twentieth century and without a doubt the king of the silent era had a really tough time growing up. His father died when Charlie was still young and his mother (from whom he inherited his bipolar disorder) was often hospitalized in different asylums leaving Chaplin to work and sleep on the cold streets of London before he was even ten years old.




The beautiful singer-songwriter and guitarist from Utah became a ’90s icon when her 1995 debut album, Pieces of You became one of the best-selling debut albums of all time selling over 15 million copies.  After that, Jewel released more platinum albums and numerous sold-out concerts followed earning her four Grammy Awards and of course millions of dollars. Not bad for a girl who lived out of her VW when she was about eighteen and dreamt of a decent music career.


Steve Harvey

Steve harvey

These days, Steve Harvey has many things to be thankful for such as a hit syndicated daytime talk show named after him, a few best sellers, a happy marriage with his wife Marjorie, and two luxurious houses in Chicago and Atlanta among many other things.

Back in the late ’80s though, life wasn’t anything like it is now for Steve and after a bad marriage and an even worse divorce he found himself homeless; sleeping in hotels or in his 1976 Ford Tempo depending on his budget. But no one can describe better what Steve Harvey went through back then than he can himself:

I had nowhere to go. A week is really the maximum one can do. This was three years! It was rock bottom. But even in my darkest days I had faith it would turn around.


Kelly Clarkson


Kelly Clarkson is the “Original American Idol,” thanks to winning one of America’s favorite reality-TV music talent competitions at the end of its first season. Since then many winners and stars have emerged from the same show but none have managed to achieve or match Clarkson’s commercial success and album sales.

However, before her hit singles dominated the charts and brought her millions in record sales, Clarkson spent a lot of time trying hard and being homeless. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles her new apartment burnt down and the singer; who was unemployed and broke at the time, had to live in her car or at shelters before she auditioned for American Idol.

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