The singer-songwriter shockingly revealed her struggle with homelessness before the became a household name.
Things were looking incredibly dire for Jewel before she rose to fame with her 1995 debut album, Pieces of You.
Speaking with Today.com, Jewel, 41, revealed that she came close to death due to her struggles with homelessness.
"I almost died in an emergency room because they didn't see me because I didn't have (health) insurance," she shared.
Jewel explained that at the time she was dying from lead poisoning, but a doctor luckily helped her after he had seen that she had been turned away.
The singer then found herself in another poor situation. "But then, the car I was living in got stolen," Jewel said. "And when you don't have a physical address, much less of an education, it's very, very difficult to get a job and break that poverty cycle."
With life now a completely different story, Jewel has joined forces with ReThink, to change the views of public housing and homelessness. Having recently narrated the group's film Our Journey Home, Jewel opened up about her passion for the cause.
"You can have very hardworking parents, or a single parent working very hard, and still not be making ends meet. These aren't lazy people," she said.
"People looked at me like I was absolutely disgusting," the singer revealed about her own experiences of being judged. "I wanted to yell at them and say, 'I'm human! I may not have a house, but I matter!'"
The You Were Meant For Me singer who has a four-year-old child with ex-husband Ty Murray, has documented her own struggles in her memoir Never Broken, and used them as inspiration for her latest album Picking Up the Pieces.
"It was like time travel, having a conversation with my 18-year-old self," Jewel said of the album.