Ni­cole gave blood just for money

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Amer­i­can singer­song­writer Ni­cole Scherzinger used to give blood just to get money. The for­mer Pussy­cat Dolls singer’s fam­ily couldn’t af­ford to pay for her to go to col­lege, so she took on a lot of low­paid jobs, and found other ways to boost her in­come. “To put my­self through col­lege, I did ev­ery­thing from work­ing [at] a makeup counter to singing opera at an Italian restau­rant called Mac­a­roni Grill. The poor­est I’ve ever been was at col­lege, and I used to give blood to get money,” Scherzinger told Cos­mopoli­tan mag­a­zine. “For food, I used to make these pan­cakes where you just added wa­ter, be­cause they were fill­ing,” she added. The 39-year-old feels very proud of the lengths she went to in or­der to fol­low her dreams. “We couldn’t af­ford for me to go to vo­cal or dance lessons, so in pri­mary school, I found out that if I went to a spe­cific sec­ondary school... I could get into the per­form­ing arts school I wanted to go to,” Scherzinger said. “I love my fam­ily and they have lots of love, but I never had any­body to buy me a car or put me through school. I did all that my­self by work­ing, so that’s grat­i­fy­ing in it­self, mak­ing it hap­pen on your own.”

I love my fam­ily... but I never had any­body to buy me a car or put me through school. I did all that my­self by work­ing NI­COLE SCHERZINGER, SINGER

PHOTO: JACK TAY­LOR/AFP

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