Date: 4th October 2000

Sarah Jessica Parker: My Life on Welfare

SEX AND THE CITY star SARAH JESSICA PARKER spent her poverty-stricken childhood dependant on state welfare to survive - but she's not ashamed of these humble beginnings.

The gorgeous American actress is brutally honest about her earlier life, and speaks out against the social prejudices that haunt families on welfare.

She explains, "Some people have assumptions about who is dependent upon our state and federal governments for need. I think sometimes people think it's a lot of people of colour - but this is what welfare looks like."Welfare is for all varieties of people, it can be people who are cultured and educated, who just find themselves in need of help. That doesn't mean they're lazy, or uneducated, or have low standards. It's just that they can't manage at the moment, and my family is a good example of that.

She continues, "We all had a good work ethic, and I have a work ethic that I am proud of, but that's where I came from. I feel that my parents always did the best that they could do, and that is what the situation called for." (NFA/WNWCET)

Source: WENN