21 Stars Who Have Hit Rock Bottom

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Though we tend to idolize celebrities, some of the most popular people in the world have had their fair share of problems, hardships and sorrows. Many stars have experienced some of the most difficult moments of their lives under public scrutiny, but there are also those who have started at the bottom only to become the best at what they do.

Here are 21 celebs who know what it’s like to hit rock bottom:

1. Halle Berry

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry is a perfect example of a person who, through hard work and the unwillingness to give up on her dreams, pulled herself from extreme poverty to unbelievable wealth. It may be hard to believe that the glamorous Monster’s Ball star didn’t even have a roof over her head when she moved to New York City with the hope of appearing on the silver screen.

The then-struggling actress soon ran out of money and had to live in a homeless shelter. She was 21-years-old at the time, and spent her days going to auditions and her nights at the shelter in the Big Apple. Her mother could have helped her, but refused to give her money because she wanted Halle to become independent and learn the value of money on her own.

Though the two didn’t speak for more than a year and a half, the Hollywood beauty is now thankful to her mother for not helping her out – if it hadn’t been for her mother’s tough love, who knows where she would have been today.

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