Destiny’s Child star LeToya Luckett was left homeless and sleeping in her car after being booted from the band.
LeToya, 39, was one of the original members of the girl group and a childhood friend of lead singer Beyonce.
However, after they shot to fame, LeToya and bandmate LaTavia Roberson became embroiled in a feud with her pal and the group’s then-manager – Beyonce’s dad Mathew Knowles – over their representation.
LeToya was unceremoniously axed when the music video for 2000 single Say My Name dropped and she and LaTavia had been replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin – leading to years of legal wrangling over royalties.
The singer has now confessed she went through a tough time after being axed from Destiny’s Child, and ended up sleeping in a car in Los Angeles.
Speaking in a video posted on Instagram, she cried as she told a fan about her experience.
She said: “[After leaving the band], I didn’t know what I wanted to do, of course at that time I was about 18.
“I hadn’t lived my life as a normal teenager, I hadn’t gone to college…
“I didn’t desire to be in the entertainment industry at all. I wanted to go work [in a shop] or in a mall, something simple…”
She went on to explain that she ended up broke and homeless, living on nothing but water and instant noodles.
LeToya started to cry as she said: “During my journey I was staying at people’s houses, I have never told these stories before.
“I slept in a car in LA while I was making my first album, not a lot of nights but a few.
“A water jug, a gallon of water, when I was staying in hotels, I couldn’t really afford anything else.
“So I was like drinking a gallon of water and buying the microwaveable Oodles of Noodles and cooking them on the coffee pot – I can’t believe I’m crying.”
She explained that it was during that time that she managed to get back on her feet again after landing her first major film role – in 2010’s Preacher’s Kid.
She went: “I went after my first role – Preacher’s Kid and got it – and that got me out of that hotel. I was uncomfortable for a minute.”
LeToya has since gone to release more music and star in more movies, while she also opened a clothing store chain in Texas and got involved with a number of charity projects.
Destiny’s Child ended up as a trio after replacement member Franklin quit just five months after joining.
They disbanded in 2006.