Steve Harvey has come a long way from “rock bottom”– hopping from gig to gig while living out of his car.
In a recent interview with PEOPLE, the multi-hyphenate dishes the details about his homeless past before the fame. Following his split from his first wife Marcia in the late ’80s, Harvey said he was strapped for cash because nearly every penny was being sent back home to support his two children.
“One or two gigs fell through, and suddenly I was homeless,” he said. “[...] I had nowhere to go.”
Harvey admits to taking shelter in his 1976 Ford Tempo (equipped with an Igloo cooler in the backseat as a “refrigerator”) when comedy jobs couldn’t afford to book him into hotels. To freshen up, he would wash in hotel bathrooms, gas stations and swimming pool showers.
“It was so disheartening,” he said. “A week is really the maximum you can do. This was three years! It was rock bottom. But even in my darkest days I had faith it would turn around.”
Decades later, Harvey is an accomplished radio and television host, actor, author, philanthropist, Hollywood star recipient and more. We’d say he’s doing okay for himself.