18 Stars Who Were Once Homeless
J.Lo wasn't the only one who had no place to call home
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2013 3:20 PM CDT
Kelly Clarkson: Pre-American Idol, the singer reportedly found herself sleeping in her car and showering at her gym.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – After she was "Jenny from the block," Jennifer Lopez was, briefly, homeless, she revealed in a new interview last week. But after a few months of sleeping on her dance studio's couch, her fortunes changed. J. Lo isn't the only celeb whose path to stardom didn't always feature a roof overhead. The Huffington Post rounds up 18 more. Among them:

  • Kelly Clarkson: Pre-American Idol, the singer reportedly found herself sleeping in her car and showering at her gym.

  • Halle Berry: Her mom wouldn't give the 21-year-old money for food as she tried (temporarily) in vain to launch an acting career, so she was forced to use rent money to feed herself ... and stay in homeless shelters.
  • Hilary Swank: She arrived in LA at age 15, accompanied by her mom and their car, which they lived out of, while using payphones to schedule auditions.
  • Jim Carrey: When his dad lost his job, the teen was forced to live in a van with his family—and drop out of school at 15 in order to get a job.
  • Sylvester Stallone: He lived in NYC's Port Authority bus station for three weeks after he got evicted. A $200 role in an adult film helped turn things around.
  • Sam Worthington: Things weren't so hot for the Avatar star before he landed a role in that film; he was living in his car.
Click for the full list, which includes a Baywatch cast member.

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Jul 15, 2013 12:21 PM CDT
There is indeed a distinct difference between being temporarily without a place to call your own and being permanently homeless. Notice the distinction between the two modifiers, temporarily and permanently. None of these listed seem to come under the latter definition.
Jul 15, 2013 8:15 AM CDT
None of these turds were homeless. J-Lo slept in a heated dance studio, not too bad. Carrey and Swank were there with family. No one slept in cold, no one went hungry, get over it, kids. Who hasn't slept in a car? Who hasn't had no place to bed? I am crying a river for these putzes.
Jul 14, 2013 9:25 PM CDT
I hardly think that Jennifer Lopez was homeless, she chose to leave home for stardom, She wasn't sleeping in streets, or cars. I hardly think that disagreeing with your mom and leaving a home and bed that you have with family and seeking stardom is a hardship.. This is a slap in the face to the homeless citizens who are in fact homeless, not by choice but by poverty, and natural disasters.