Born rich but living in poverty

April 26, 2008 12:33pm CST
I don't know her name but I heard this woman on the radio talking about her life. She was born into a wealthy family, had an expensive private education, went to California and got a job with Universal Studios. She dated Kevin Costner for a while. She lived the high life but knew she had a drink problem. She had a breakdown. She left the USA. When she had recovered she returned and had a brief relationship with an old friend. He left her and married someone else. She returned to Britain pregnant with his child. She had no money and lived in one room. After giving birth she could only get $10 a week maintenance from the child's father. She found a job and a registered child minder and moved with her son into a small apartment. She has no time or money for a social life but she does feel strong and is proud of the way she has adapted to this way of life. I do admire her resiliance, but she did refuse to ask her rich parents for financial help. I wonder if she was right not to seek their help. Surely they would want to support their own grandchild. Is this riches to rags story something that happens often? Would you be too proud to ask a rich relative to help in similar circumstances?
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
28 Apr 08
I have to say that I really admire her for that as it would not have been easy She has proved to be a strong Woman that is able to stand on her own 2 feet and that wealth is nothing to her but Life is
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28 Apr 08
It did not sound like she was having an easy time. Thanks for your valued opinion.
@yogeshdhusa (2237)
• India
27 Apr 08
I Think she feels happy and proud. Kind of self respect. I am like that i dont ask help form my relatives but i ask help from my mom. she is the only one who can understand me. But we both are always ready to help my relatives. enjoy:)
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27 Apr 08
I do know what you mean about self respect. I never ask for help.
@wickedangel (1637)
• Dominican Republic
26 Apr 08
I don't think this would happen very often but I think she is a great character and good for her! I remember my dad offering to get a job for me and I went bananas. If I got a job I wanted to get it because I merited it not because it was offered to me on a silver platter (my uncle was high up in a certain oil company and I wanted to work with them). Anyway, I didn't get the job I wanted and I ended up doing much better things with my life. Like living in Italy, learning Italian and travelling around the world. Working 6 months a year temping and on the money I earned I went travelling. Had a fantastic time. I think this woman is doing something similar, she has had everything handed to her on a silver platter and now she wants to prove that she can do something on her own. Good on her! Thanks for sharing this with us.
27 Apr 08
I think you did make the right decision and it's a good lesson about not being afraid to make your own choices in life. Thank you.
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@lovenluck (1068)
• India
26 Apr 08
If i myself were in such a situation then Like the lay I too would not ask for any kind of help but if they readily help then I would take the help for i don't think I would be able to ask for any help from my relatives in any kind of situation for relative though they do help but not from their heart they i feel they help just to comply by some social obligation but yes I readily would ask help from My friends for i know if they can they will.
26 Apr 08
It did seem she did not have a good relationship with her parents, so maybe she was right.