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15 Stars Who Were Once Homeless

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With the way the economy is going, these celebrities might end up homeless again! It could happen to anyone really. It only takes one discerning movie reviewer to declare you box office poison and your career is doomed. In 2014, the median price for a house was $188,900. No wonder these celebrities end up homeless! With that amount of money, you could get a bungalow in Ft. Lauderdale or a condo in Illinois. But the Hollywood stars can’t make all their movies in Illinois! Let’s hope that Jennifer Lawrence gets top dollar so she can have a white picket fence of her own.

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Halle Berry ran out of money when she was trying to make it as an actress. She was probably thinking, “I came from being Miss USA to living in a homeless shelter?” But the time between her arrival to New York and her homelessness was short-lived because it wasn’t even a year before she was cast in her first television role in “Living Dolls.” Berry is going to be in a movie called “Kidnap” about a child who gets kidnapped.

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Is Dr. Phil a real doctor? That’s what a lot of news sources have been arguing about. He did his dissertation on Rheumatoid arthritis so that’s pretty good evidence. He wasn’t always a television doctor. He grew up in the oilfields of North Texas and was allegedly homeless with his father living in the car. Dr. Phil was on two episodes of “Sesame Street” in 2004 and an episode of “Hannah Montana.”

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How many licks does it take to get to the center of metaphorical lollipop that is the troubled past of Lil’ Kim? Kimberly Denise Jones was kicked out of her home by her father when she was a teenager. She met The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, and Foxy Brown later and got the music thing going. Lil’ Kim made the news recently because Solange tweeted a picture of her in a blue furry outfit.

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Jim Carrey grew up in Ontario with his parents and siblings. His dad lost his job when Carrey was 12 and their family lived in a van for a while. Carrey had to work long hours in a factory after school to help out the family and it left him without confidence, turning him into a kid who did not want to make friends. “Our family had to do whatever we could to survive,” said Carrey.

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Michael Oher is an offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers. He just signed a two year deal with Carolina after the Tennessee Titans cut him in February. Oher’s troubled past was brought to the big screen in the book and movie “The Blind Side.” His mom was a cocaine addict and his father was in prison during his childhood. He soon got adopted by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy and signed a $13 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.

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A$AP Rocky announced his new album “At.Long.Last.ASAP.” In an interview with Billboard he said he wants people to see a different side of him. “When I first came on the scene it was more of this trendy, bourgeois, pizzazz attitude. That’s still me but at the end of the day I think that kind of overshadowed the whole purpose of me doing what I do,” said Rocky. His family once stayed at the homeless shelter on 104th and Broadway when he was a kid.

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A few days after Machine Gun Kelly graduated high school in Cleveland, he got into a fight with his father that left him homeless. He lived on the streets at the age of 18. He got some help from a producer named Brandon Allen and finally found an apartment on East 128th street. He worked at Chipotle before eventually signing a contract with Bad Boy/Interscope. He released his debut “Lace Up” in 2012.

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When Tupac Shakur had a falling out with his mother, he stayed with a friend from the School for the Arts in Maryland. Then Tupac was homeless after that friend moved and there was no room for him. He eventually released his album “2Pacalypse Now” through Interscope Records and it went on to cause controversy. Shakur sold over 75 million records worldwide. The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles recently unveiled an exhibit featuring him called “All Eyez On Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur.”

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Suze Orman allegedly lived out of her van for four months while working as a tree cutter in California. She got a place to live after taking a job at a bakery where she earned $400 a month. An account executive at Merrill Lynch lost $52,000 of her money through option trading. She soon recovered the money after working for Merrill Lynch and suing them for the investment lost. She got her own show called “The Suze Orman Show” in 2002 on CNBC.

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The man who played James Bond used to sleep on London park benches as a struggling actor! Daniel Craig moved to London when he was 16 to join the National Youth Theatre and studied at the Guildhall School of Music an Drama. It must have been the tuition fees that pushed him into poverty! He is currently filming for the James Bond movie “Spectre” in Mexico. He is worth an estimated $65 million today so he won’t be on benches anymore.

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Ella Fitzgerald grew up in a poor Italian neighborhood in New York. Her mother died when she was 15 and her stepfather abused her. She ran numbers for the Mafia and was caught by police who placed her in an asylum in the Bronx. Then they put her in the New York Training School for Girls in Hudson. She ran away and was homeless before winning first prize at the Apollo Theater and became famous.

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Charles Hamilton is a recording artist from Harlem who spent some time being homeless before signing with Interscope Records in 2008. He got dropped from Interscope for his performance at a Penn State rap battle and an unapproved crediting. “I wanted to commit career suicide, physical suicide, spiritual suicide. I didn’t care anymore. I just didn’t trust anybody. I didn’t leave my house,” said Hamilton. Hamilton has been performing a song called “New York Raining” with Rita Ora. The song is featured on the season finale of the popular show “Empire.”

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These hands are small like yours but Jewel and her hands were homeless after a really terrible thing happened. “I ended up homeless because my boss propositioned me and when I wouldn’t sleep with him he didn’t give me my paycheck. I got kicked out of where I was living, and my rent was due that next day. She lived in her car while traveling around the country and singing. Her debut album went platinum 15 times.

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Schoolboy Q was homeless around the time he sold Oxycontin on the streets. “When I was 22, I was basically homeless – not living on the street, but I didn’t have nowhere to stay. I was just hanging out, hoping for something good and making bad decisions,” said Q. He signed with Interscope in 2011. His debut album “Oxymoron” charted at number one on Billboard in 2014. He is expected at the 2015 BET Experience with Ne-Yo and Erykah Badu this summer.

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Brazil, Morocco, London to Ibiza is where Jennifer Lopez has travelled but at one point she was travelling into homelessness. “My mom and I butted heads. I didn’t want to go to college – I wanted to try dance full-time. I was homeless. But I told her, ‘This is what I have to do,'” said Lopez. Now she is playing the voice of Rihanna’s mom in the alien movie “Home.”

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Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”

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While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China. 

A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV. 

Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’” 

If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease. 

At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.

At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.

They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:

  • Wash their hands frequently
  • Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
  • Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
  • Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
  • Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C

The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.

As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.

If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China. 

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Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?

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Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.

As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.

Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.

So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?

According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”

Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)

However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.

Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.

So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.

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Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single

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Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.

That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.

Work Gets in the Way:

Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.

The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.

Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.

Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.

Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.

Better Apart:

The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.

Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.

Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.

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