Have a look at Top 10 celebrities who dropped out from school and still made it to the road of success


Is education really everything? There’s not just one road to success and these celebrities have proven it with rock-solid conviction. These are the celebrities who chose to work over school or who weren’t fortunate enough to receive education but they for sure made it big. Let’s take a look.

Katy Perry

Katy got a GED but she left school to pursue music. She told Yahoo, “I’m kind of bummed at this stage that I didn’t have a great education because I could really use that these days.” She added, “I was being pulled out of school even in the middle of school and sometimes being home-schooled. Sometimes we were sent to these really half-Christian, half-education, I-don’t-know-what-they-were schools.”

Quentin Tarantino

The one to win best original screenplays decided he could educate himself better than the state of California could and dropped out at 15. “I had ditched school so long at a certain period in the ninth grade that it was like one of those things where you’ve ditched so long that you’re afraid to go back because the minute you go back you’re going to get busted. So you just might as well just stay out until they actually just bust you,” he told NPR’s Terry Gross in 2009.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan dropped out of school to move to New Zealand and film Young Hercules. Gosling was 17, while he shot this.


Riri was only 16 when she left Barbados to take up record deal in the US. The singer revealed to Social Magazine that “when I left Barbados, I didn’t look back. I wanted to do what I had to do, even if it meant moving to America.”

Jennifer Lawrence 

Jennifer Lawrence was just 14 when she started pursuing acting. She didn’t even finish her middle school. Lawrence was 20 when she received her first Oscar nomination for her role ‘ Winter’s Bone.’ “I dropped out of middle school. I don’t technically have a GED or a diploma. I am self-educated,” she said during a “60 minutes” interview. “I struggled through school, I never felt very smart.”

Harry Styles 

Styles was only 16 when he auditioned for X- Factor. Styles, according to Metro, was studying his “A-Levels in Law, Sociology, and Business, and wanted to become a physiotherapist” before auditioning for “The X Factor.” He dropped out of school  shortly after, when One Direction took off. Currently, he’s 27 and has two solo albums, one Grammy, a Vogue cover, and two major film roles.

Jay Z

Jay Z supports the importance of education, even though he doesn’t have a degree himself. When he announced that he was performing at Carnegie Hall to benefit his Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, he talked about his own history with the school.

“Education is super important,” Jay-Z said. “I don’t have a high school diploma or a college diploma, but still for me to articulate, I had to have some form of schooling to articulate my thoughts.”

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert dropped out of school when he was 16 to move across the country to live with his mom in New York. We still know what he’s done to “Avengers: Endgame” one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

Jim Carrey 

Jim Carrey dropped out of school at the age of 16 to work as a janitor to help and support his family.  At the age of 18, Carrey found his first credit with the TV series “ Up All-Night Show.”

Cameron Diaz

Diaz attended Beach Polytechnic High School but she left when she was 16 after signing a modeling contract. She’s also said that she was bullied for being too skinny.

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