Coming from a family of 7, Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh according to her started smoking at the age of 14.
The 30-year-old actress who hails from Rivers State recalled struggle making ends meet after she lost her mother when she was three-year old in an Instagram post last Wednesday.
Tonto who is mostly in the news for the wrong reasons said she didn’t find it easy growing up and people took advantage of her.
Her post: “Growing up life was not easy, not after I lost my mom at the age of three. Though I thank my step mom for keeping up with my rudeness and stubbornness. Sometimes, I felt like killing myself but God saw me through that stage in my life and sometimes I sit and ask God why me?
“At the age of twenty, I said to myself `I wouldn’t ask my dad for aamoney- I wanted to be independent. I tried traveling to UK but I got refused at Nigerian Embassy, not because my documents were not complete but because I didn’t have the connection to pass through.
“University life was so hard for me, handouts I could not afford, I begged from hand to mouth just to eat! Sometimes, I considered going back to my dad but ego and pride wouldn’t let me.
“Then, all my jeans were Alaba bend-down-select. If the jeans was longer than me I would cut it to my size to make it look rugged! If I asked friends for a favour, before they helped they would ask me to do something for them in return, like cleaning their rooms, or helping with course work.”