Steve Harvey, award-winning show host and comedian shares his cover story of rag to riches with PEOPLE magazine that while he’s now built an empire worth about $100 million, once upon a time, he was homeless and living out of his car.
“It kills me when I hear very successful people say, ‘I always knew I would get here,’ ” he says. “I didn’t. I always hoped I would get somewhere, but this is above and beyond. My imagination didn’t even go this big.”
Steve shared that when he first quit his job to take a chance at being a comedian, he found himself separated from his wife, on his own and living on as little as $50 a week.
“That was an ugly period, just very painful,” he says of becoming homeless in the late ’80s. “Everybody has a moment when they turn back, when you say to yourself, ‘This is too much,’ ” Harvey says. “I had it on several occasions.”
But, even at his lowest point – Steve did not give up. “I sat down and started crying, but a voice said, ‘If you keep going, I’m going to take you places you’ve never been,’ ” the star explains. “It was like God said, ‘Don’t quit, you’re almost there.’ ” Steve later rekindled his relationship with his ex-wife and children.
Steve continues to work hard in show business. “I’m running from homelessness,” he shares. “I can’t ever be in that position again. If my show gets canceled, I’ve got three more. I don’t have any free time, but I have 12 jobs.”
Find out more on Steve’s story on People.com