AceShowbiz - With more than 27 million records sold worldwide, Jewel Kilcher never forgot the past that shaped her. The Grammy-nominated singer recalled her younger days when men would come up to her and offered her money to have sex.
"I've had men hitting on me, sadly, since I was really young. At 8, I had men putting dimes in my hands saying, 'Call me. It'd be so great to f**k when you're older.' And just horrible stuff," Jewel said in an interview with THR. She grew up in Homer, Alaska and sexual harassment was exactly what put her on the streets in later years.
Homeless and living in her car, Jewel refused to have sex with the boss of a bar she had a gig in. "I've never been more propositioned by businessmen in my life. It was almost like they were sharks that could smell blood, like of vulnerability," she said. "I'd go back to my car, writing songs, and men would literally come up and proposition me. They would be like, 'Hey, do you need rent money?' you know and things like that. 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."
The pattern continued even after she scored a recording deal at the age of 18. "The music industry is a very male-dominated business," said Jewel. "I never slept my way to the top, ever. There was never one time I've ever compromised anything. I was always willing to walk away. ...And I think that type of spirit that you bring just informs everybody that's around you. You know, I've heard plenty of stories that the opposite happens."
Jewel is releasing her 12th studio album "Picking Up the Pieces" on Friday, September 11. Her new memoir "Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story" will hit the shelves on September 15.