By Georgia Keenan

19th December 2018

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” 

When we see celebrities riding around in their flash cars, strutting their stuff on the red carpets (in designer gear that costs more than the average monthly salary!), before returning to their luxury homes (which have of course been decorated by a major interior designer) or jetting off to some tropical paradise – it’s easy to think they’ve had it easy…

But not all stars were born with silver spoons in their mouths and for many, their lavish lifestyles have come at a heavy cost…

Believe it or not, some of our favourite celebs have come from impoverished areas with families who can barely afford everyday essentials: such as food or even a roof over their head; others have been abused, neglected and taken advantage of.

From Daniel Craig and Jennifer Lopez, to Jim Carrey and Idris Elba these stars have proved that where you start in life, doesn’t define where you’ll end.

Join us as we take a look at these very real, rags to riches stories…

1. Jennifer Lopez…

Grammy Award winner, Jennifer Lopez revealed in 2013 that as an 18-year-old, she was forced to sleep on a sofa in her dance studio following an argument she had with her mother – Guadalupe Rodriguez – over her choice of career. Who said mother always knows best?

 

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