5 Celebrities Who Struggled at School

Going to school can have its challenges, but these 5 celebrities all say they struggled with their time in education. Some found what they were learning uninteresting to them as they had dreams to become an entertainer, while others just didn’t fit in or couldn’t make friends which made their time in school harder. Opening up on their struggles, these 5 celebs have candidly admitted that they had a hard time at school and many of them didn’t do well.

Daniel Radcliffe


As a boy, Daniel told his mother that he wasn’t good at school: “I said to my mum, when I was seven or eight, I was in the bath, ‘I’m not good at anything, I’m not good at sports, I’m not good at school, and I remember my mum saying ‘but you’ve got social skills,’ and I remember turning round to her and saying ‘that doesn’t count’. When I say I wasn’t good at school, I do mean that.”

Ed Sheeran

Ed didn’t find school interesting: “I was not stimulated by school whatsoever. In almost every lesson I thought, ‘This is pointless. What am I going to do with Biology or Chemistry?’ I was sure that I could find a job in music. I could make tea at Island Records or be a studio hand, or I could end up being a songwriter. I didn’t do homework and I remember not turning up to school for a long time. I had a lot of detentions and suspensions, which didn’t go down well.”

Justin Bieber

Justin admits he wasn’t driven to learn at school: “What happened was I found something I wanted to be good at. I wasn’t good at school because I had no passion for it. If I hadn’t found music my life would have been bad. My family are all poor, so the cycle would have continued. My kids would have been poor, and their kids would have been too. I feel I broke the cycle, and when you get to break the cycle, you don’t go back.”

Kristen Stewart

Kristen couldn’t get on with any of her peers: “When I was at school I couldn’t relate to kids my own age. They were mean. You can’t generalize about people because I’m sure some of those kids were brave, but they don’t give you any chance.”

Ryan Gosling

Ryan found himself struggling at school and was lonely: “I was a lonely child, I didn’t do well at school and TV was my only friend. Then, one day, I saw Raquel Welch on ‘The Muppet Show.’ … She was the first crush I ever had, and I thought, ‘How do I get to meet this woman?’ And then I thought, ‘Well, she’s on TV, so to meet her I have to get on TV myself.”