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Jewel Reveals That While Homeless She 'Almost Died In An Emergency Room' Because They Wouldn't Treat Her!

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Jewel Kilcher

Yikes!!

Jewel has always been open about her rough past following a tussle with an ex-boss that left her homeless when she refused to sleep with him.

In an interview with Today late last week, the Hands singer revealed a shocking near-death experience after being turned away from care at an ER for not having insurance.

Related: 20 Celebs Who Were Homeless

The 41-year-old shared:

"I almost died in an emergency room because they didn't see me because I didn't have [health] insurance. Thankfully, a doctor had seen me get turned away. I was dying of lead poisoning and he gave me some antibiotics and saved my life."

Wow! But that wasn't even the worst of it:

"But then, the car I was living in got stolen. And when you don't have a physical address, much less of an education, it's very, very difficult to get a job and break that poverty cycle."

These hard times motivated her to make her dreams a reality, which is when she got her big break in 1995 with her debut album Pieces Of You.

Her reprise album — which she says is like "having a conversation with her 18-year-old self" — is called Picking Up the Pieces and features songs from that very difficult period of her life:

"For me, the hardest thing was being treated as if I was sub-human — as if I didn't matter. I remember washing my hair at a bathroom sink in a Denny's, and I was using the hand towels to dry my hair. And people looked at me like I was absolutely disgusting. I wanted to yell at them and say, ‘I'm human! I may not have a house, but I matter!'"

It's so devastating to know that this happens to so many on a daily basis — which is why Jewel is dedicated to use her platform to change the public perception around homelessness with the organization ReThink.

She said:

"There are stigmas that these people are lazy, or don't work, or do drugs. I don't want anyone thinking happiness is beyond their reach because they don't have the right job or economic background, or a home."

This is a very important issue, and we love that Jewel is using her experience to benefit those who are in similar situations! You go, girl!

[Image via WENN.]

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