Jewel, the singer-songwriter, recently made a shocking revelation on a podcast about her mother. According to Fox News, she revealed that her mother had stolen over $100 million from her, leaving her in millions of dollars of debt.
On the “Verywell Mind Podcast,” Jewel spoke of her mother, who was also her manager, and how she was unaware of the embezzlement until she was in her thirties. Jewel said, “I was astonished to find out that she had taken all of my money, over $100 million. At the age of 34, I realized I was $3 million in debt, and my mom had taken it.”
Having released her debut album in 1995 at age 20, Jewel achieved gold, platinum, multi-platinum, and diamond-selling records. On the same podcast, she spoke of her parent’s relationship and the abuse she experienced as a child.
She explained that her parents divorced when she was 8, leaving her and her siblings with her father, who was an alcoholic and became abusive. Jewel said, “My mom seemed the complete opposite – she was gentle, never yelled, and never hit me. I didn’t recognize that I was being abused in other ways at the time.”
In her 2016 book “Never Broken,” Jewel delved further into how her mother controlled her finances, leading to her debt and taking the money she made from her success. To focus on youth mental health, she created a non-profit organization in the early 2000s, and in 2023, she launched a mental health app called “Innerworld.” This app provides an anonymous interactive platform for people to discuss various mental health issues.