Many of us at some point in our lives have fallen on hard times. Whether it’s surviving on Top Ramen, taking a payday loan with outrageous interest or applying for SNAP benefits, it’s never fun when the ends don’t meet. For the following celebrities, however, things were much, much worse. From the domestic violence, drug-infested housing projects and homes with no indoor plumbing, somehow, these men and woman beat the odds and changed their situation in life. Some of them are even worth tens of millions of dollars today.
Many people say humble beginnings build character and help you appreciate the little things in life. Let’s take a closer look at these 15 actors, singers, television stars and even an American president who had to fight for everything they’ve got.