“We Lived In Fear”: Celebrities Who Had A Rough Childhood

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Leighton Meester

Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester was born in a federal prison where her mother was serving a sentence for drug trafficking. Her father also did time in prison. Later, Meester’s family often struggled to make ends meet.

Meester has said that growing up in poverty made it hard for her to relate to some of the things kids were into: “‘Jimmy doesn’t like me!’ Who cares? I was worried we didn’t have gas money or food. Those were my concerns.”

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