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Stars Who Never Graduated High School

No pomp and circumstance here. Whether they dropped out to pursue their careers or just didn’t fit in, check out this list of celebrities who never graduated high school. Demi Lovato While the Disney alum has two Grammy nominations, one thing she does not have is a high school diploma. The “Sorry Not Sorry” songstress,…

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Stars Who Never Graduated High School

No pomp and circumstance here. Whether they dropped out to pursue their careers or just didn’t fit in, check out this list of celebrities who never graduated high school.

Demi Lovato

While the Disney alum has two Grammy nominations, one thing she does not have is a high school diploma. The “Sorry Not Sorry” songstress, in fact, revealed in June 2019 that she “dropped out of middle school” when replying to former Big Time Rush member Logan Henderson’s Instagram post, which was captioned: “Comment your best high school yearbook quote.”

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Katy Perry

Though Perry earned her GED, she isn’t satisfied with the level of education she received before dropping out at 15. She told Yahoo in 2014, “I’m kind of bummed at this stage that I didn’t have a great education … I was being pulled out of school even in the middle of school and sometimes being home-schooled. Sometimes we were sent to these really half-Christian, half-education, I-don’t-know-what-they-were schools.” Thankfully, the pop star said she’s “learned to educate myself at this stage.”

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Simon Cowell

Cowell left school at 16, and he’s confident enough in his decision that he has said his son could do the same if he wanted. “Leave at 16 if you want to work, 100 percent I would encourage him,” the X Factor judge told BBC Radio 2 in 2016. “I don’t understand why you would want to torture someone to be somewhere they don’t want to be but actually want to go out into the real world and make a living.”

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Jennifer Lawrence

The Hunger Games actress revealed to 60 Minutes in 2018 that she dropped out of middle school to become an actress. “I dropped out of middle school. I don’t technically have a GED or a diploma,” the star said. “I am self-educated.” When asked if she regretted the decision, the Oscar winner responded, “No. I really don’t. I wanted to forge my own path. I found what I wanted to do, and I didn’t want anything getting in the way of it.”

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Seth Rogen

Rogen has spoken positively about his decision to drop out of high school in favor of working in the industry. “I worked really hard. It’s not like I dropped out of high school and just did nothing,” Rogen told CNN in 2013. “I dropped out of high school and went and worked on a TV show. We were writing a script all throughout high school. I probably worked harder than most people who were just doing high school stuff, honestly. I did stand-up comedy all throughout high school. I think, honestly, if you have a career in mind that isn’t academically oriented, then high school is probably not going to lead you to what you want to be.”

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Matt Dillon

Dillon was discovered at 14 years old while skipping class. The casting agent gave him a part in Over the Edge, and from there, the actor kept getting work, which kind of interfered with going to school. “I didn’t drop out in the classic sense,” he told The New York Times in the ‘90s. “But I kept getting incompletes constantly because I was on movie sets. Gym! Now how was I going to get my gym credits?”

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Jessica Chastain

In 2015, Chastain admitted a long-kept secret. “Nobody knows this about me — I dropped out of high school,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I was not a hard worker. I was a terrible student.” Because the actress “cut school and [sat] in [her] car, reading Shakespeare,” she had too many absences at the end of the school year to graduate. She did, however, later get an adult diploma.

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Lil Wayne

It was actually Lil Wayne’s mother who made him drop out of school after his star rose. The rapper shared his story with Katie Couric: “I had an album out. I was platinum already, thank God, and I was still trying to go to regular public school.” When his mom saw him putting a gun in his backpack for protection, she decided it would be better for her son to leave school than risk his safety. “It wasn’t two minutes later, she walked back to my room and said, ‘You don’t go to school no more. You’re getting a GED.’”

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Keanu Reeves

Reeves recounted his high school trauma, which ultimately led to him being expelled, to The Daily Mail in 2008. “It was a very small school and I guess I didn’t fit in,” the Matrix actor recalled. “I had conflicts and run-ins with the staff. The principal and I didn’t see eye-to-eye. I was one of those ‘Why?’ kids — I asked too many questions about everything. I couldn’t stop even if it got me into trouble.” Reeves was not pleased with his expulsion either. “It’s a terrible letter to receive, saying you can’t come back to school next year. Getting asked to leave was very upsetting,” he said.

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Jude Law

When Law landed a role in Families at 16 years old, his parents were OK with letting him drop out of school and move to where the show was being filmed. “I can’t believe that now. It was so cool, and trusting of them,” the Fantastic Beasts actor told The Telegraph in 2013.

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Jim Carrey

Carrey was forced to leave school at the age of 16 to help support his family. The Ace Ventura actor was once a “straight-A student,” but as he revealed on Inside the Actor’s Studio, working in a factory made him want to “bash somebody’s head in.” He was eventually able to find an outlet for his frustrations in comedy.

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Jay-Z

Jay-Z (born Shawn Carter) empowers students through his scholarship foundation, but the rapper doesn’t have a diploma of his own. “Education is super important,” Jay-Z said in 2011. “I don’t have a high school diploma or a college diploma, but still for me to articulate, I had to have some form of schooling to articulate my thoughts.”

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Hilary Swank

“I’m not proud to say I’m a high school dropout,” Swank told the Today show in 2007. “I’m not proud that that’s something that happened, but it happened.” The Oscar winner often got in trouble at school for talking too much, but she was never hopeless about her future prospects, thanks to her mother.

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Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter may have been a top student at Hogwarts, but his portrayer can’t say the same for his educational experience. “I’m kind of sure of myself intellectually. And I know I wouldn’t have been if I had stayed in school because, before I did Potter, my confidence had been more or less destroyed by a couple of teachers. So I had it all restored by the people who taught me on the films,” Radcliffe told Parade in 2009 of dropping out.

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Avril Lavigne

Lavigne’s decision to leave school as a teenager happened practically overnight. Producer L.A. Reid signed her after hearing the artist sing on a trip to New York. “I was supposed to do home-schooling — I had books — but I didn’t do it. So basically, I’m a high school dropout,” Lavigne said on an episode of Private Sessions.

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Al Pacino

Pacino quit school after 10th grade to work, which, as an only child, he needed to do to support his single mom, who suffered from depression. “I wasn’t very good at school,” he told The Washington Post in 2016. “I wasn’t focused on my classes. My mother had problems, and there was no money coming in.” He didn’t begin his acting career for several more years, but Pacino remembers one of his junior high teachers telling his family, “You have to encourage your boy to act.”

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Giving an Update! Britney Spears Responds to Fans Who Ask If She’s OK

Britney Spears assured fans that she is doing well amid her ongoing conservatorship battle and the #FreeBritney movement. The pop star, 39, posted an Instagram video on Friday, April 16, of herself answering questions she frequently receives from her followers. “Next question is, am I OK? Yes, I’m totally fine,” she said. “I’m extremely happy.…

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Giving an Update! Britney Spears Responds to Fans Who Ask If She’s OK

Britney Spears assured fans that she is doing well amid her ongoing conservatorship battle and the #FreeBritney movement.

The pop star, 39, posted an Instagram video on Friday, April 16, of herself answering questions she frequently receives from her followers. “Next question is, am I OK? Yes, I’m totally fine,” she said. “I’m extremely happy. I have a beautiful home, beautiful children. I’m taking a break right now because I’m enjoying myself.”

Spears has been more vocal in recent weeks after sharing her reaction to the February New York Times Presents episode about her life, titled “Framing Britney Spears.” She wrote via Instagram in March that she has been “exposed my whole life performing in front of people” and has felt “judged” for years.

“I didn’t watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in … I cried for two weeks and well …. I still cry sometimes,” she continued. “I do what I can in my own spirituality with myself to try and keep my own joy … love … and happiness!!!! Every day dancing brings me joy !!! I’m not here to be perfect … perfect is boring … I’m here to pass on kindness!!!!”
Britney Spears attends the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City on August 28, 2016. Doug Peters/PA Images/StartraksSpears later shot down speculation that she does not control her own social media account. “I write my posts,” she told TMZ earlier this month.
The Grammy winner thanked her fans for their support in a Monday, April 12, post. “Happy to share especially with a world that is empathetic and concerned with my life,” she captioned her video. “What can I say I’m FLATTERED!!!”

Spears’ conservatorship has been under more scrutiny since her lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, claimed in an August 2020 court filing that she was “strongly opposed to having [dad Jamie Spears] return as the conservator of her person.”
Her attorney further alleged during a November 2020 court hearing that her hiatus was due to her strained relationship with Jamie, 68. “My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father. She also stated that she will not perform as long as her father is in charge of her career,” Ingham said. “We are really at a crossroads.”

Meanwhile, Jamie’s lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, told Good Morning America in February 2021 that Britney “never asked him to step aside” from the conservatorship.
Amid the legal battle, Britney’s fans turned to her social media posts for answers. “The documentary has torn her apart because there were so many assumptions based on conjecture,” a source told Us Weekly earlier this month, adding that she finds it “insulting” that people “pick apart her posts” and claim she did not write them herself.
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Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk Are Officially Married: Details

The special day is finally here! Bachelor in Paradise couple Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk finally walked down the aisle on Friday, April 16. People was the first to report the news. The duo tied the knot at The Olana in Dallas, Texas, surrounded by 20 guests. “It’s happening. 3 more days!” Gates captioned an adorable…

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Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk Are Officially Married: Details

The special day is finally here! Bachelor in Paradise couple Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk finally walked down the aisle on Friday, April 16. People was the first to report the news.
The duo tied the knot at The Olana in Dallas, Texas, surrounded by 20 guests.

“It’s happening. 3 more days!” Gates captioned an adorable video via Instagram of the couple getting their marriage license on Tuesday, April 13.
The duo met during season 4 of the Bachelor spinoff series in 2017 and confirmed their engagement in June 2019. “I’m keeping you forever and for always,” Gates captioned a black-and-white Instagram photo that showed off her sparkly ring at the time.
Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk. Courtesy of Raven Gates/InstagramThe pair originally had plans to get married in 2020 and the former reality TV personality shared her excitement about her upcoming nuptials at the time.

“I’m getting more and more excited as the days go on,” Gates told Us Weekly in February 2020. “I told Adam the other day … we were sitting on the couch eating Cheetos, eating ice cream, all this junk food. And I’m like, ‘Can you believe we met on a TV show? Like, this is just so normal now, I just can’t even believe it.’”
Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic forced the couple to reschedule their nuptials several times.
“I’ve replanned the wedding three times now,” the Bachelor alum exclusively told Us on our “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast in August 2020.

She mentioned that she “totally stopped” the planning process as the COVID-19 crisis continued at the time. “I’m like, ‘I’m not doing this anymore.’ … We have options to elope, we have options to get married and cut down our guest list by, like, 150 people. I’m not doing that; I’m not uninviting people. So I told Adam by December of this year, if there is no end in sight, we’re just going to elope and get married by ourselves. In our house. And if there is a light at the end of the tunnel by December, then we’ll schedule this wedding for the fourth time.”
Luckily the couple was able to make their magical day happen and now get to look forward to starting a family soon!
The Shop Grey Suede boutique owner mentioned in August 2020 that the couple is ready to have children. “I have baby fever, but Adam has extreme baby fever. He is ready,” she told Us during the podcast.
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Madison LeCroy Reacts to Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Split After Affair Claims

Piping hot tea! Madison LeCroy sounded off on Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez’s breakup after she was accused of having an affair with the former athlete earlier this year. “I wish them the best,” the TV personality, 30, told the New York Post’s Page Six on Thursday, April 15, hours after the couple announced their…

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Madison LeCroy Reacts to Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Split After Affair Claims

Piping hot tea! Madison LeCroy sounded off on Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez’s breakup after she was accused of having an affair with the former athlete earlier this year.

“I wish them the best,” the TV personality, 30, told the New York Post’s Page Six on Thursday, April 15, hours after the couple announced their breakup.
The “Jenny From the Block” singer, 51, and the former New York Yankees player, 45, called off their two-year engagement on Thursday, telling the Today show in a statement that they “realized we are better as friends.” The duo, who shut down split speculation last month, added: “We wish the best for each other and one another’s children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support.”
Madison LeCroy, Alex Rodriguez, and Jennifer Lopez. Courtesy of Madison LeCroy/Instagram; Shutterstock (2)Reports surfaced in March that they had called it quits on their four-year relationship, but the pair denied the breakup speculation, telling TMZ, “All the reports are inaccurate. We are working through some things.”
A source told Us Weekly at the time, “There have been issues in their relationship for a while now,” revealing the couple hadn’t seen each other since March 1. The two were later spotted in the Dominic Republic together.

The broken engagement came three months after Rodriguez made headlines for having an alleged affair with LeCroy, 30. During the Southern Charm season 7 reunion special in January, Craig Conover called the hairstylist “trash,” claiming she “flew to Miami to f–k an ex-MLB player.”
The Greenville, South Carolina, native denied having any physical contact with the aforementioned ex-MLB player, saying, “He contacted me. And yes, we DMed. But other than that, there was nothing. I’ve never physically seen him, touched him. I am not a f—king liar and I will stand up for that.”
While the name was redacted on the Bravo TV special, LeCroy, who was briefly linked to Jay Cutler before a public social media fallout in January, later confirmed her castmates were referring to Rodriguez.

The reality star doubled down on her claims of innocence, telling the New York Post’s Page Six on February 3, she “never had any kind of anything” with the athlete, adding, “He’s never physically cheated on his fiancée with me.”
The next day, a source close to Rodriguez told Us he’s “never met” the Bravo personality. The New York native did, however, “like” an Instagram photo LeCroy posted in July 2020.

While LeCroy continued to deny she had anything real with Rodriguez, neither he nor Lopez publicly commented on the affair allegations.
The Grammy winner did, however, open up in February about going to therapy with Rodriguez amid the coronavirus pandemic, telling Allure, “We got to work on ourselves. I think it was really helpful for us in our relationship.”
The former athlete proposed to the Hustlers actress in March 2019 after two years of dating. The pair then had to postpone their Italian nuptials in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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