, 2022-08-01 18:10:39,
It may come as a surprise but Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t always living the high life. His childhood was filled with struggles that many know, including divorce, bad neighborhoods, crime, and violence. But theTitanic star still managed to become one of Hollywood’s A-list actors and a leading environmentalist.
While there are many celebrities out there, born with a silver spoon in their mouth, there are others who had to rely solely on hard work, grit, and talent. Some of the most prominent and prestigious celebrities, such as DiCaprio, weren’t born into the industry, or into wealthy families, yet still managed a level of success that is admirable.
DiCaprio’s Rough Beginnings
DiCaprio is just one of many celebrities to have grown up poor, but the intensity of the contrast between his upbringing and current success is what makes his case so fantastic. Unlike most “rags to riches” tales, he had access to the entertainment industry as he was raised in Los Angeles. There might not have been any financial or social advantages provided by his environment, but Hollywood was, for all intents and purposes, at DiCaprio’s doorsteps.
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That does not mean the actor didn’t face challenges prior to becoming part of the entertainment industry. DiCaprio didn’t grow up in Beverly Hills or have a 90210 area code, quite the opposite.
During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, DiCaprio compared the neighborhood he grew up in like Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, one in which he was surrounded by crime and violence. At just the young age of four, DiCaprio often witnessed people smoking crack or injecting heroin in the alley nearby. And to top it off, there was even a major prostitution ring on the corner of his street.
After being beaten up in his junior year, at just 16 years old, DiCaprio quit high school, though would later go on to earn his GED.
Leo’s Supportive Family Background
Surrounded by drugs and violence at a young age, it’s almost shocking to see how conventionally stable DiCaprio’s life is now, especially for a celebrity. However, he had one thing that prevented him from caving and engaging in the same lifestyle that burdens his Hollywoodian peers. The support of DiCaprio’s parents is what emotionally and psychologically led him down the right path….
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