Thinking about money can often be stressful, but nothing beats getting your hands on your first big “you’ve made it” paycheck.
Despite now living a life of luxury, no one knows that feeling better than celebrities. Most of whom spent years grinding and perfecting their craft.
We rounded up 10 answers from celebrities across fashion, music, and movies, detailing how they spent their first big paycheck. They range from the surprisingly practical (a coffee maker, paying their rent) to the big-ticket items you’d expect like jewelry and, of course, cars (even if some of them couldn’t legally drive yet).
Check them out below.
When Gucci started bringing in the big cash, he decided to spend $60,000 on a yellow Corvette. The star told Complex, “I always had yellow cars from day one. I feel like if it’s yellow, and it’s a sports car, it’ll attract a lot of attention.”
Back when John Boyega was still relatively unknown, the Star Wars actor revealed to GQ that he didn’t spend his paycheck too wisely. “I literally took all the girls to the restaurant that I saw all the other rich guys go into,” he said.
When Lil Wayne was just 14 he got his first big rap paycheck to the tune of $6,500, which was the moment he realized he “could do a little something,” Wayne told ESPNU that after offering it all to his Mom, who refused the cash, Young Weezy went “straight to Nissan and bought a Pathfinder.” The catch? He still wasn’t old enough to drive.
Speaking to Access Hollywood, Selena Gomez revealed that her first big splurge was surprisingly practical. “I think [my first paycheck] went into living [in Los Angeles] because we had to move from Texas, so I think we just had to pay for it,” she said.
“When I started getting a little bit more money, I bought a ring,” the rapper revealed to Complex. “A Rolex ring. It was all gold. Kind of like something you’d see on 2Pac back in the day. I had it recreated, and then made it a little bit bigger and put diamonds in it. It was my favorite.”
“I bought a car I never drove,” Rosie Huntington Whitely revealed to Elle UK. “It was a Ford KA, because I was 17 so I thought I would learn to drive but I was always off working by that point.”
Rami Malek decided to spend his Mr Robot money to fund his caffeine addiction. “I ended up spending that paycheck on my own personal espresso machine. I think I figured that shit out,” he told GQ.
Speaking to Architectural Digest, Brad Pitt revealed that he chose to drop his cash on improvements for his home. “When I received my first paycheck from my now known day job, I spent it on a period Craftsman chair and a Frank Lloyd Wright–wannabe lamp,” he said. “With my second paycheck, I bought a stereo.”
“I never touched [the money] — I just put it in the bank. I remember I went through the drive-thru to deposit my check, and then they were like, ‘I think you need to come in for this,’ and so I ended up going inside,” Serena Williams explained on personal finance show Kneading Dough. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, given she lists “buying property” as her biggest guilty pleasure.
When Wiz Khalifa started making bank he decided—like a lot of others on this list—to spend it on a car. He told Complex that he copped a black and yellow 2011 Dodge Challenger for $40,000.
Not only did it feature in his “Black and Yellow” video, but two years after he bought it the rapper told Complex that he was still making payments on the car even though he could buy it outright.”It’s good to have bills. Keeps your credit looking good,” he said.
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