7 Celebs You Never Knew Were Homeless

J.Lo used to sleep on a cot in her dance studio.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Think these celebs have always had it easy? Think again. Here are 7 stars who know a thing or two about fighting your way to the top.

1. Halle Berry

Before she was making bank as one of Hollywood's most coveted leading ladies, Halle struck out on her own at the age of 21 to pursue a career in showbiz. Her mom disapproved of the decision, and Halle lived in homeless shelters around NYC until the tides finally turned for her.

2. Chris Pratt

After dropping out of community college during his first semester, Chris worked as a ticket salesman and a stripper (!!!). When that didn't prove too lucrative, Chris ended up alternating between sleeping in a van and in a tent on the beach in Maui. It apparently wasn't that tough though. "It's a pretty awesome place to be homeless. We just drank and smoked weed and worked minimal hours, just enough to cover gas, food, and fishing supplies," he told The Independent last year. Maybe Chris had a fallback?

3. Jennifer Lopez

Just like Halle, Jennifer Lopez also had to contend with parents who didn't approve of her decision to pursue a career in Hollywood. At the age of 18, she slept on her friends' couches and on a cot in her dance studio.

4. Lil Kim

When Lil Kim's mother left her abusive father, the two struggled to find a place to live and slept in the backseat of their car for a time. Kim was only 8 years old, and it wouldn't be the last time she faced homelessness. After moving in with her father as a teenager, Kim was kicked out and had to fend for herself.

5. Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry wasn't always Madea. Before he made it big with his unique brand of entertainment, Tyler made a big move from New Orleans to Atlanta in the hopes of producing his first play. When that didn't work out, he had to live out of his car while he searched for his big break.

6. Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is yet another celeb who took a big risk to pursue her dreams: when Kelly made the move to L.A. from Texas in the hopes of making it as a singer, luck wasn't on her side - not at first. Her apartment caught fire the day she moved in, and she and her roommate had to spend a brief period of time living out of their car and in homeless shelters.

7. Steve Harvey

In the late '80s, Steve Harvey knew all about struggle. When he first started out as a comedian, Steve had to live out of his car. According to an interview with People magazine, he used a cooler in the backseat as a refrigerator, and washed up in hotel bathrooms, gas stations or swimming pool showers.

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