Jewel has been in the music industry for over 20 years now, but it's not just the records and performances that she remembers, but the constant sexual harassment she's faced.
"I've had men hitting on me, sadly, since I was really young," the 41-year-old recently told The Hollywood Reporter.
"At 8, I had men putting dimes in my hands saying, 'Call me. It'd be so great to f--k when you're older.' And just horrible stuff."
Jewel in 1996. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
It came as a shock to the singer, who had been raised with no plumbing on a farm in Alaska. She began performing with her father, who booked shows for them in "Veterans clubs and bank openings, and biker bars and honky-tonks all over the state."
The vulgar comments only got worse as she got older. "My boss fired me because I wouldn't sleep with him, and I ended up homeless for a year," she writes in her biography of life after high school, adding that men would constantly approach the car she lived in.
"I've never been more propositioned by businessmen in my life," she told THR. "It was almost like they were sharks that could smell blood, like of vulnerability. They would be like, 'Hey, do you need rent money?' and things like that."
But Jewel never took anyone up on their offer. "I never slept my way to the top, ever," she shared. "There was never one time I've ever compromised anything. I was always willing to walk away."