Um, can someone call Steve Harvey and see if he had something to do with this?!?!
LA LA LAND DIDN'T WIN!!
You can't make this stuff up!
Ch-ch-check out the major screw-up (above)!!
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.
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."
"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.
"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!
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