Ugh, so sorry, Jewel.
The singer has been pretty open about her struggles in the “male-dominated business” of music, but she keeps the grotesque, disappointing stories a-COMING. Girl told The Hollywood Reporter the harassment started at a very young age and was very gross for a very long time. Sorry, Jewel. At least you’re rich and successful now?
“I’ve had men hitting on me, sadly, since I was really young,” she said. “At 8, I had men putting dimes in my hands saying, ‘Call me. It’d be so great to f— when you’re older.’ And just horrible stuff.”
When she ws just starting out signing in bars and coffee shops in San Diego she said her boss at the time fired her for refusing to have sex with him, leaving her homeless.
“I’ve never been more propositioned by businessmen in my life,” she said of this difficult chapter of her life. “It was almost like they were sharks that could smell blood, like of vulnerability.”
Jewel said men would offer her rent money when she would be sitting in her car, writing songs.
“It was pretty wild. I never took anybody up on it, but it was interesting to see this side of men that basically would prey on somebody vulnerable,” she added.
Jewel’s big break came at the tender age of 18, when she signed with Atlantic Records, and she thinks her traumatic experiences helped her.