Rap­per re­veals poverty bat­tle

SINGER LADY LESHURR RE­VEALS BAT­TLE WITH ‘ POVERTY’ AS SHE TRIED TO GET HER BIG BREAK INTO THE MU­SIC IN­DUS­TRY

Solihull News - - FRONT PAGE - CRAIG SIMP­SON

MOBO Award- win­ning chart star Lady Leshurr says she used to hide in the loo to avoid pay­ing her train fare – be­cause she was broke.

The 28- year- old rap­per from King­shurst, Soli­hull, is a fast- ris­ing star, and has ap­peared on nu­mer­ous hits.

But she says her early days in the busi­ness were a “night­mare” strug­gle on the bread­line.

They were marked, she says, by “no in­come” and “poverty food” – and sign­ing on the dole.

Leshurr left her home to pur­sue her dreams in Lon­don and was un­able to re­turn un­til she had proven her­self a suc­cess.

That was be­cause her fa­ther dis­ap­proved of her choice of a singing ca­reer, she adds. She strug­gled to pay for food and trans­port, us­ing what ben­e­fits she had to pay for stu­dio ses­sions.

But Leshurr says she would not trade the dif­fi­cul­ties for the op­por­tu­nity to buy suc­cess.

“It comes from a dif­fer­ent place when you haven’t got money,” she ex­plains. “The pas­sion, the hunger, is much more in­tense than the peo­ple who can just buy their way through.

“If I had the choice to do it again, and be rich and do it, I’d pre­fer to do it the way I’ve done it. Be­cause it means so much more to me. It was a night­mare.”

Leshurr ap­pre­ci­ates how far she has come since the days be­fore her break­through.

“It was very hard for me at the time, I didn’t have any money,” she says. “I was bump­ing the train. I was hid­ing in the toi­lets then get­ting off.

“There was no in­come. I was do­ing shows for less than £ 50, just to get my name out there. It was hard for me.

“I was sign­ing on at the time, that’s the only real money I had. That’s the only in­come I had for my stu­dio ses­sions.

“My mum wouldn’t give me money. That’s the house­hold I was in: you didn’t ask, you had to earn it.

“Corned beef and rice was one of the main meals. That’s poverty food. It was hard. Very, very hard.

“I know a lot of peo­ple, they worked in Tesco or Sains­bury’s and the next thing you know they’re this big star. Your life can just change.”

Rap­per Lady Leshurr

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