7 Celebs Who Prove That Exam Results Mean Nothing
Picture the scene. It's exam results day, and your worst case scenario just came true. What happens now?
First things first. Bad exam results don't have to mean the end of your dream career, and here's the proof. These seven stars might have failed spectacularly at school, but they never gave up, and did some truly amazing things anyway.
He may have shot to fame playing a high school student in Degrassi: The Next Generation, but Drake had to drop out of his IRL school to do so. Nevertheless, he recently proved that it’s never too late to return to education, as he graduated high school with flying colours aged 25.
97% on my final exam. 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight I have graduated high school!
— Drizzy (@Drake) October 18, 2012
Disney dropped out of school to join the army at 16, but was rejected for being underage. He landed a job at the Kansas City Star newspaper, but was quickly fired because, according to his employers, he ‘lacked creativity’. Yes, you did read that correctly. Walt Disney wasn’t considered creative enough. A few years later, Walt bought ABC, which owned the very paper that sacked him. That’s what we call irony.
Cowell may have dropped out of school with only two GCSEs (or O-Levels as they were called then), but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his dream career. He briefly worked as a runner on Jack Nicholson movie The Shining, before wangling a job in the mailroom of EMI Music Publishing. Cut to thirty years later, and he’s sitting happily at the top of the Forbes rich list, thanks to owning his own company Syco, and a little show called The X Factor.
Cheryl’s time at school was far from easy – not only did she struggle academically, she was also suspended twice for fighting and swearing. She worked as a waitress until Popstars: The Rivals came along in 2002, and she hasn’t looked back since.
After a long-term struggle with dyslexia, Branson flunked out of school at 16 to start a student-run youth culture magazine. The mag sold $8,000 worth of advertising in its first edition alone. These days, Sir Richard is thought to be worth £3 billion, and owns his own private island. Not bad for someone who struggled to follow lessons.
Sir Alan Sugar
When Sugar quit high school at the age of 16, he had zero qualifications and things looked a little bleak. Today, he’s worth an estimated £770 million, is the face of one of the country’s biggest TV shows and was knighted in 2000. All hail Sir Alan.
17-year-old Reggie Dwight (yup, that’s really his name) made his dad ever-so grumpy when he decided to drop out of school in order to pursue his dream of being a pop superstar. However, it wasn’t long before he joined soul group Bluesology, alongside fellow musicians Elton Dean and Long John Baldry. Any ideas where he got the inspiration for his stage name from?