Jewel fans will know that the “Hands” singer lived in her car when she was a teenager.
And while it’s often been reported that it was because of her rambling determination to succeed in the music industry, the singer has now dispelled those associations and the “misrepresentation” of how her music career has gone. actually started.
In fact, now 47 and releasing new music, Jewel Kilcher has revealed her stay in a car and eventual homelessness was the result of her trying to avoid the advances of a boss who was chasing her. sexually.
“My whole career, the angle that the media gave him was through a really, dare I say, patriarchal lens,” Jewel said of the situation in an interview with Stereo Eraser Last week.
“You’re thinking about my origin story, right? The whole world knows I was living in my car. They think I was fighting for my music dream. It’s an absolute misrepresentation of what happened,” she explained.
“I was living in my car because I didn’t want to sleep with my boss.”
Jewel did not name the person or give any clues as to their identity.
She explained that she “refused to be taken advantage of”, which meant her boss wouldn’t pay her and she was therefore unable to pay her rent.
“I refused to be exploited and he wouldn’t give me my paycheck and I couldn’t pay my rent and I started living in my car and then my car was stolen and I was without shelter because of that, because I don’t bang a boss,” she said.
Despite the hardships of the time, Jewel said she is “proud” of the decision to date and celebrates her young self’s courage and defiance in the face of such a power imbalance.
“I said back then, I said it in every interview, but it was almost like people didn’t even have the ears to hear it. They were just writing the story, ‘ Jewel was living in her car to pursue her music career.’ That’s not why I lived in my car. I didn’t even think I would be a musician,” she said.
“I was trying to figure out how to defend myself, how to refuse to be influenced by anything or anyone. It was an active challenge, it was an act of courage. It cost me dearly, but It won me myself. It won me my humanity. I’m so proud of that decision. It was so funny to see him portrayed as a cute little fluffy, “Aw, she was fighting for her dream .””
She added: “I didn’t even have a dream. That’s not what I was doing.”