According to her, during her broke days, she used to either steal food or go to her aunt’s house to get food.Tems added that she didn’t have any self-esteem and never thought she was pretty nor had a good voice.
I didn’t have any self-esteem. I didn’t think I was pretty. I didn’t even even think of my voice as anything. I just thought. There are so many people that can sing, I’m not a model, I don’t dance, but whatever chance I have, I’ll take it. Even if I end up singing under a bridge somewhere, I’ll be the best under-the-bridge singer ever”.
According to Tems, life was not easy for her and her mom as they pass through difficult times, one of which was when her mother was attacked by someone who broke into their house and held her at knife point. And at a point in their tough life, she quit her job and took permission from her mother to venture into music which totally changed their lives.