Nowadays they live a lifestyle of 24/7 glitz, glamour and wealth, but it wasn’t always so easy for all of the world’s biggest movie stars and musicians. The journey to fame is notoriously tough – in some cases really tough. At one point or another, all of these celebrities have found themselves without a roof over their head, proving that there’s hope for all of us, no matter how difficult things get. Halle Berry Halle Berry had a difficult start to her career. The actress revealed that after she moved out of her parents’ house when she was 21 years old she lived in a homeless shelter in New York. “I took my modelling money and I thought, ‘Oh, I’ve got some cash!’ When you get to New York, three months later I was out of cash and I called my mother and asked her to send me some money and she said no”, Berry told People magazine. However, the Oscar-winner insists the experience made her stronger, adding: “That’s probably one of the best things [my mother] did for me because it taught me. She said, ‘If you want to be there, then you be there. You work it out.’ And I had to work it out. And shelter life was part of figuring it out for a minute.” Sylvester Stallone Before Sylvester Stallone got his big break with Oscar-winning boxing drama Rocky, the actor was forced to spend time living at a bus station after he was kicked out of his New York flat. As the future action legend explained to Total Film : “I was broke and basically sleeping in the Port Authority bus station for three weeks straight. Instead of doing something desperate, I worked for two days for US$200 and got myself out of the bus station.” Why we will always love Jackie Stallone He was even forced to sell his dog for US$50 because he was so hard up. But don’t worry, this story had a happy ending, because the film star bought back his four-legged friend for US$3,000 when his acting career took off and he finally had some cash in his pocket. Phew. Hilary Swank It is hard to believe now, but Oscar winner Hilary Swank was once homeless. Following her separation from Hilary’s father, her mother Judy whisked the teenager off to Los Angeles in hopes of making her a star. The Million Dollar Baby actress told CBS News: “She was at a crossroads. My father and her were getting separated, and she said, ‘let’s go to California. And so, with US$75 and a Mobil card, we drove down to California.” For a while, the pair lived out of their car, until they were able to afford to move into a flat. Video: Hollywood celebrities with famous family ties you had no idea about Jim Carrey Even comedian Jim Carrey had a tricky start in life. When he was growing up, his father was suddenly let go from his job and the whole family were forced to move into a van to save on rent. On an episode of Inside The Actor’s Studio , Carrey opened up about the dark period in his life: “That was really a traumatic kick in the guts. We lived in a van for a while. I was going to school and after school I was doing an eight-hour shift in a factory.” Because Carrey wanted to help his parents out of their difficult situation, he decided to take up stand-up comedy. Luckily, Carrey didn’t have to wait long for his breakthrough. Jim Carrey, and 9 more stars who are actually from Canada – and not the US Kelly Clarkson American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson also went through difficult times before her breakthrough. When her LA home burned down, the singer was forced to sleep in her car. After that, Kelly moved back to her hometown in Texas until she entered the first season of the talent show, and the rest is history. When she auditioned, she still had nothing to her name, including something appropriate to wear: “Literally, I had to make that top to go to this audition”, she told CNBC later. “I had like no clothes, no nothing.” Chris Pratt Before Chris Pratt became the Hollywood heartthrob we know today, the actor was sleeping in a van. At the time, Pratt was living in Maui, Hawaii, and working whichever minimum-wage job he could get his hands on. In an interview he gave to The Independent newspaper, he said he remembered it as a “pretty awesome place to be homeless”, adding, “I worked minimal hours, 15-20 hours per week, just enough to cover gas, food and fishing supplies. You know, it was charming time.” Chris was 19 and working as a waiter in the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company when actress and director Rae Dawn Chong, who was casting for Cursed Part 3 – asked the handsome waiter if he would come to LA for an audition. Pratt got the role, and is now one of the most bankable box office stars in Hollywood. Coronavirus baby boom? 5 celebrity couples expecting by the end of 2020 Jennifer Lopez Since she was young, J-Lo had wanted to be a dancer, and after an argument with her mother, who wanted her to go to college instead, she moved out of her family home and onto a sofa at a dance studio. She told W Magazine : “I was homeless, but I told her, ‘This is what I have to do.’” The Jenny from the Block star then landed a contract as a backing dancer with Janet Jackson, and the rest is history . Malibu to Manhattan: inside Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez’s luxury homes Ed Sheeran Before his music career took off with the release of his debut single A-Team in 2011, Ed Sheeran gigged relentlessly to get noticed and had to sofa-surf at friends’ homes as a result. On occasion he even had to sleep on the London Underground according to his book, A Visual Journey . Nevertheless, he later told several media outlets that he didn’t feel “homeless” was the right word for what he experienced, saying to one: “I went without a bed for some nights, that’s it. It’s just that I didn’t have a place to stay [those nights], so I slept on the Central Line and outside Buckingham Palace. That’s just what I did.” Ed now owns properties worth US$80.7 million. 6 celebrity tattoo fails, before Orlando Bloom misspelled the name of his son Shania Twain When she was younger, country superstar Shania Twain spent time living in a homeless shelter with her family. In her 2011 memoir From this Moment On , Shania opened up about her childhood growing up in an abusive household and living for a time with her mother and siblings in a homeless shelter in Toronto. After leaving their family home, Shania recalled: “Mom got out of the car to use a pay phone while we sat and waited in the car, returning a few minutes later with a piece of paper on which she’d scribbled the address of a homeless shelter. That night, we slept in a crowded, sweltering place on cot-like beds spread out along the walls of a series of spacious, open rooms designed for large groups.” Shania went on to overcome such adversity and win an impressive five Grammy Awards. Heather Mills Long before she became a model or married former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, Heather Mills was so unhappy at home that she ran away to join a travelling circus as a teenager, according to her autobiography Out on a Limb. However, when things didn’t work out, she ended up sleeping rough on the streets of London. Writing in The Guardian newspaper, Heather said: “Even though I don’t like to talk about it too often, I used to live rough under Waterloo Bridge when I was younger. I kipped in a box with all the tramps, and I was the Tinkerbell to their Lost Boys. “Like everything in life, homelessness is what you make it”, she added. “I chose to make a success of it.” Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .