Cardi opened up about her upbringing in the Bronx in an interview with Global Grind in 2016. “I have real good parents, they poor,” the “Money” rapper explained. “They have regular, poor jobs and what not. They real good people and what not, I was just raised in a bad society.”
The Grammy winner began working as a stripper at age 19 after she was fired as a cashier at a supermarket. Cardi started at local clubs before she began stripping at upscale establishments in Manhattan. She told Vibe in 2016 that she made the decision to continue to live with her then-boyfriend despite their challenging relationship just so she had a place to stay.
“There was two pitbulls in that house, and I had asthma,” Cardi recalled. “There was bedbugs too. On top of that, I felt like my ex-boyfriend was cheating on me, but it was like even if he was cheating on me, I still can’t leave because — where was I gonna go?”
The “I Like It” rapper later found herself becoming a social media influencer after multiple videos went viral of the star candidly discussing making money and men. Cardi quit stripping at age 23 and redirected her career toward music.
She joined season 6 of the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2015 before embarking on her rap career. Cardi released her debut single “Bodak Yellow” in 2018, which launched her to superstardom.
LaBeouf, for his part, began working in the entertainment industry at age 10. The Even Stevens alum’s parents — who co-owned a fashion company — separated when he was a child. He told Parade in 2009 that money was a driving factor behind their split.
“It may not be the sole reason for the split, but it is the superficial reason,” he said at the time. “It’s the surface reason that you can point at and go, ‘That’s the reason.’”
The Honey Boy star added that his parents’ financial situation inspired him to start thinking about his career early on in life.
“I just knew that money was a solution to whatever the hell was going on in my household,” he said. “With money, I and my family would have had more options. So I went after a job that I thought I could make the most money for a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old boy.”
Labeouf went on to star in a number of blockbuster films, including Transformers and Indiana Jones.
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