We tend to think celebrities did everything right to get where they are. It’s once they get to get Hollywood and get money that they sometimes turn to drugs and alcohol. But for some, dealing drugs can be a very strong temptation and a way to get quick cash to feed an addiction. Some of these celebrities left their drug dealing lives behind them when they became celebrities. Others turned to dealing drugs after they became famous, and then got clean and back into honest work again. You won’t believe which celebrities on this list used to be drug dealers.
1. MARK WAHLBERG
Mark Wahlberg is one of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood today, but even he had a rough past. As the youngest of nine children, he didn’t always have an easy life, and he got in with a bad crowd. He started doing cocaine and dealing drugs. When he was 16 he was arrested and put in jail for 45 days for selling drugs. The experience was the wakeup call he needed to get his life back on track.
2. IDRIS ELBA
Idris Elba is one smooth-talking, classy man, so it seems like he can do no wrong. But before landing his first acting gig, he was struggling to make ends meet. He was living out of his van and DJing at local clubs. In order to get the money he needed to survive, he started selling weed. Luckily, he turned his life around and started an acting career.
Jay-Z is one of the richest moguls in the music business today, but his first business was much less legal. When he was just Sean Carter, he started selling any drug that he could get his hands on, from marijuana to crack cocaine. He credits dealing drugs with teaching him the basics of finance and budgeting. Luckily, he put those skills to much better use later in life.
4. LIL’ KIM
Lil’ Kim is no stranger to the dark streets, as she dated a notable drug lord named Damion “World” Hardy. He was sentenced to six life sentences for murder and drug trafficking. Lil’ Kim admits that she did sell drugs when necessary to make money. After Biggie’s death, she also started using the drugs she sold.