It’s Hard Out Here For A Star: Broke Celebs Who Sold Out To Pay Rent

November 25, 2013  |  
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Not everyone’s career path goes straight to the top and Peter Gunz isn’t the only celeb who’s had to do a little hustling to make ends meet.

Peter Gunz

Peter Gunz may have been a big name in hip-hop, but he was a nobody at the bank. Pete says, “I had one hit… when they called me about the show, I was three months behind the rent. I just gave y’all what was really going on.” Maybe he’ll pull a K. Michelle and turn all that relationship drama into a successful record.

Biz Markie

The “Just A Friend” rapper has had a bunch of crazy side hustles to pay the bills. There was this crazy cameo as “Captain Tune Up,” the mascot for an obscure iTunes plugin and then there was the 2012 healthy cooking class the overweight rapper sold on Living Social.


DMX sold his business on front street on “Iyanla: Fix My Life.” Unfortunately for DMX, the show didn’t help him with his sex and drug addiction or his pocketbook. Since then he’s been in trouble with the law and the bank.

Dionne Warwick

Remember Dionne and the Psychic Friends Network? Hooking up with them probably had more to do with her first bankruptcy than her belief in psychic powers. But the move wasn’t a bad idea. All those callers dialing in for $3.99 a minute earned Dionne $3 million a year.

Bow Wow

“106 and Park” saved Bow Wow from brokeness with a right-on-time phone call. The day before he got the job offer, Bow Wow announced that he couldn’t afford to pay child support because he only had $1500 in his checking account.

Young Buck

Back in 2012, Young Buck went so broke he had to sell his name. A federal bankruptcy judge counted the Nashville rappers trademarked name as one of the assets he had to sell of to repay his debts.

Kenya Moore

Kenya Moore was supposedly having trouble paying rent even after the “Real Housewives” checks started rolling in. But she’s just crazy enough to make selling her business on front street a smart move. She’s back in the public eye with a catch phrase, music video, and the kind of personality that could land her a talk show.


A few years after Ma$e became a minister, the creditors started calling. First the Atlanta jeweler Aydin and Co. sued him for $35K in unpaid bills, then the state of Florida came after him for $124K in unpaid taxes. So to earn a little extra money, Ma$e gave up the ministry. Now he’s rapping, producing and hopefully paying his bills again.


After “Pimp My Ride” was cancelled, Xzibit went bankrupt in a hurry. Then his personal brand took a back seat for a gig on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” followed by a few songs with a metal band called “Within Temptation.” Hopefully while he’s rediscovering himself he’ll rediscover a positive bank balance.

Uncle Luke

Uncle Luke filed for bankruptcy back in 1995. Then he completely flipped the script and became a Pee Wee football coach with a side gig as a columnist for the Miami New Times.


After the conscious rapper declared bankruptcy, he accepted a little corporate sponsorship from Canon and took bit acting parts in everything from “The Mindy Project” to video game voice overs.

Lindsay Lohan

After her last movie flop, the New York Post revealed that Lindsay Lohan’s talent agency, 123Talent, was pimping her out for appearances at weddings and Bat Mitzvah’s. The mass e-mail they sent out said “Book One of Hollywood’s Biggest Movie Stars Lindsay Lohan Now!” and said the former star was available for anything — even kids parties.

Kate Gosselin

Kate’s been doing her best to hang on to her 15 minutes. Her new cook book’s a flop and now she’s shopping around some new version of “Kate Plus Eight” to keep her reality cash cow’s producing.

Lauryn Hill

Now that Lauryn’s bankruptcy bid is over, she’s trying something new to earn money: making music. She’s already released two tracks in 2013 which is the most activity we’ve seen from Ms. Hill since the late ’90s.

Janice Dickinson

The former supermodel and host of “American’s Next Top Model” filed bankruptcy in early 2013 and now the folks at Rite Aid say she’s trying to make back some of her money with lawsuits.

Somehow, she managed to walk under and get hit by a parking barrier in their parking lot. Since then she’s been circulating pictures of her in a wheelchair and pictures of her getting an MRI. She’s suing both Rite Aid and the owner of the parking lot for her injuries and emotional distress.

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