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4 Celebrities Who Struggled With Low Self-Esteem

A few weeks ago, a popular singer – Tiwa Savage, stunned millions of fans when she revealed that she feels depressed at times because of her low self-esteem.

This is why we have compiled this article to reveal the unexpected stories of other celebrities with low self-esteem at some point in their lives, which in turn negatively affected their career.

Here are the celebrity stories:

4 Celebrities Who Struggled with Low Self-Esteem

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1. Jennifer Lopez 

Jenifer is one of the most famous singers and celebrity in the world. In fact, People Magazine named her the World’s Most Beautiful Woman in 2011.

Struggled with self-esteem

Surprising to know that even such a person would face low self-confidence right?

Well, Lopez revealed that she suffered from low self-esteem, especially in the beginning of her career. This was worsened by the public criticism that is common in her industry.

So how did she cope with this?

Her trick was positive self-talk –

Jennifer used to tell herself:

“I'm gonna make another record. I'm a great actress, I'm a great singer, a great dancer. I'm great at this stuff! And I'm gonna keep going!”

In this 2-minute interview, Jennifer Lopez talks about her issues with low self-esteem. She explains that in a world that is filled with judgments and critics (let alone your inner critic!), it is common to feel low and have doubts about yourself. The solution to this is constant positive self-talk and affirmations!

2. Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage just revealed that even though she enjoys professional success, she needs to battle low self-esteem from time to time.

Tiwa Savage Self esteem stories

Here is what she says, “I get a lot of messages from young girls who are depressed with low self-esteem because they don’t feel pretty like the social media girls they see every day, and my heart breaks because I feel like that too sometimes.”

She adds, contrary to popular beliefs, she "rarely sees herself as a beautiful woman.” She explains that people are able to look flawless on social media mostly because of the availability of photo editing soft wares, make-up, and other beauty enhancers.

So, what’s the takeaway?

This research finding sums it up – ‘60% of people using social media reported that it has impacted their self-esteem in a negative way.’

If you limit your social media usage or become more aware of the realities behind the mask of social media, your self-esteem may shoot up. This is because the selective “beautiful” pictures posted by others on social media may lead you to imprudently think that you “aren’t good enough.”

Be aware that most people post photos of the best moments in their lives or photos that have been edited for beauty. Don’t compare yourself with the unrealistic presentation of others.

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger 

Schwarzenegger is widely regarded as the perfect example of ‘American dream accomplishment’ and a symbol of masculinity.

He too suffered from lack of self-confidence. He said,

“As a kid, I was a perfect example of someone who was not confident at all.”

So what was his cure?

In his words, “We all have great inner power. The power is self-faith. You have to see yourself winning before you win.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger Struggled with low self-esteem

Schwarzenegger explained that he used to visualize himself standing on a podium, long before he became a bodybuilding champion. This practice got him into a mindset where he felt like he was a champion and therefore was able to act accordingly.

Check out the video below to learn other Schwarzenegger techniques.

4. Larry King

Have you heard of Larry King?

He is a famous TV host and has done more than 30,000 interviews, including that of presidents and celebrities. The ease at which he does them makes everyone think that public speaking is a piece of cake for him. It is almost like he was born for this job!

Struggled with self-esteem

Is this really the truth?

Well, here is how Larry describes the days before his first TV appearance,

“I didn’t sleep that whole weekend. I kept rehearsing things to say on the air. By eight-thirty on my first morning, I was a basket case.”

Later, when the moment had arrived to host his first ever show – he was so nervous that he couldn’t utter a single word. He played one song after the other to cover up for the awkward moments of silence. The director of the show finally decided to walk into the room and pressurize Larry to buckle his shoes. This is when Larry uttered his first word. From there onwards, he never looked back.

What does that mean for you?

It is simple -  know that confidence is a learnable skill. Even though you may have suffered from a lack of confidence at some point in the past, it does not determine your future outcome in any way. Just like these celebrities, you too can develop the skills that you wish to learn and strive for limitless success.

P.S. I'd love to hear from you. Which celebrity story did you like the most? Leave a comment below.

Igor Smirnov

Igor Smirnov

Psychologist, blogger, chess Grandmaster, Internet entrepreneur. Follow Igor on Facebook


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