Not every A-list celebrities you see on screen came from a privileged childhood. For many of them, it actually is quite the opposite.
Their fame and success are the envy of the world for sure, but it does not necessarily suggest that they must have grown up bathing in love from family and admirations from everyone around them.
Financial hardships, dysfunctional families, drug addictions, and violence were pretty much the headlines of their upbringing.
These are not the kind of stories that celebrities are willing to openly share with the public, yet they must accept that troubled-childhood is part of their personality.
With persistence and determination, they’ve managed to leave some really terrible past experiences behind and moved on to a much better life filled with great moments and achievements.
The defied the odds and came up on the other end of the tunnel with an entirely different image of positivity. Here are some of their stories.
10 Drew Barrymore
During childhood and early teenage years, Barrymore had to endure a series of unfortunate events starting from rough relationship with parents to a heavily publicized drug and alcohol abuse.
She once said that being famous in a very young age was a recipe for disaster.
She became legally emancipated from her parents at a risky age of 14, and then she published an autobiography at 16 following unpleasant widespread stories about her addiction problems.
It is safe to say that Barrymore had gone through it all – from midlife crisis to being institutionalized – by the time she was still a teenager.
Born Marshall Bruce Mathers III on October 17, 1972 in Missouri, the man we now know as Eminem started life full of hardships right from the very beginning.
His father abandoned him when Eminem was still an infant, while his mother was struggling to find stable work.
As a result, the family had to move constantly from town to town, in and out of public housing system.
Young Eminem had to change schools up to 3 times a year; he had difficulties making friends, and was an easy target for bullies. He sent many letters to his father, only to receive the letters back unopened.
8 Mark Wahlberg
Young Mark Wahlberg was a violent individual and at times involved in a fight to defend himself.
At the age of 13, he had a chance to turn his life around when he joined his brother’s boy band, New Kids on the Block, but then again he ruined that opportunity.
He had to quit because of drug abuse issues and troubles with the authorities. Mark Wahlberg was taken into custody in 1988 after he had assaulted a Vietnamese shopkeeper while high on PCP – he was just 16 at that time but put to trial as an adult.
7 Nicki Minaj
During her early childhood, Minaj lived with her grandparents as her father and mother moved to the U.S. in the hopes of finding a better life.
She reunited with her parents in Queens, New York when she was 5 years old. It did not take long until Minaj realized that her father was addicted to crack cocaine.
She also figured out that he was a violent man, verbally and physically.
At one point when Minaj and her brother were at a friend’s house, their father set fire to their house and burned it down. Her mother managed to escape, fortunately.