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Jameela Jamil ‘lost all her money aged 30’ from lack of education, mental illness and being overly generous

Jameela Jamil has said being ’s*** with money’ led her to losing everything she earned aged 30.

In the noughties, Jameela made a name for herself with a presenting job on T4, followed by a job hosting the BBC Radio 1 Chart show and a fashion line with Very.

After moving to Los Angeles in 2016 to be a screenwriter, the former presenter landed the role of Tahani in the hit comedy The Good Place, which rocketed her to international fame.

However, before she landed this job, she had lost all of her money aged 30, which she puts down to a mixture of mental illness, being uncomfortable with success and a lack of education.

Speaking to Elizabeth Day on the podcast How to Fail, Jameela said she was ‘so s*** with money for so many reasons’.

The 34-year-old said: ‘School didn’t teach me anything. How is this possible that we’re given debit cards at 16 and we’re able to open our own bank accounts, but school literally doesn’t mention it. We do not have classes where we learn about interest, about credit cards, about credit, about how to eventually…I don’t know, if you want to maybe have a mortgage one day or start a business, you learn none of this stuff.

‘I had no idea about saving, I was totally unprepared, and we don’t all come from super educated backgrounds, I sure as s*** didn’t, so my parents didn’t know anything about saving either, and we were really poor, so money was something that when you got some, you spent it on a nice little treat. I guess I took that as the way I would go on to… even when I made a lot of money in this industry, I just spent it all of the time, I didn’t know how to save.’

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Jameela landed the role of Tahani in 2016 (Picture: NBC)

She continued: ‘As a woman, I think I felt very uncomfortable being successful and having a lot of money, so I used to just try and spend it and share it as much as possible. I was incredibly overly generous. I would meet a stranger and they would say they needed a knee operation and they were two years on the waiting list on the NHS and I’d be like, here, here’s six thousand pounds.

‘I wasn’t planning to protect myself.’

Jameela said that the third factor in losing her money was suffering from mental illness, noting that inner chaos can present as financial chaos.

She said: ‘I was spending like I wasn’t going to be here very long and I think it’s because I didn’t think I was going to be here very long.’

The Legendary judge added that bingeing as part of an eating disorder was expensive, and she once lost a clothing deal because she put on weight.

Jameela said: ‘It was just a kind of clusterf*** that led me to making all this money in this industry and just haemorrhaging it.’

After turning the situation around with television roles following The Good Place – ‘I was very, very lucky to ever get a job again at 30’ – Jameela got a financial advisor she could trust and learned about tax, budgeting and saving.

The actress lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend, Grammy winner James Blake, and as well as her television career, Jameela runs her podcast and community I Weigh to encourage activism and ‘radical inclusivity’.

On How to Fail, Jameela chose ‘failing to be an obedient female celebrity’ and ‘failing to be kind to her body’ as her two other failures in life.

 

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