10 Male Musicians You Didn’t Know Dropped Out of High School for Fame

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Believe it or not, being a celebrity is tough. Sure, the parties and perks are great and all, but there’s also a lot hard work that goes into being famous, especially when you’re young and still in school. People like Sabrina Carpenter and Nick Jonas got their degrees in the midst of fame thanks to homeschooling, but others couldn’t seem to multitask quite as well and decided to drop out of high school.

For these following male celebrities, music was more important than getting a diploma. Some of them tried to do both, but in the end they all decided to put 100 percent into their careers and say goodbye to tests, homework and GPAs. We’ll never say never, but as of right now a LOT of your faves are still known as high-school dropouts.

Harry Styles

After auditioning for the The X-Factor at just 16 years old and subsequently joining One Direction, Harry knew he had to dedicate his time to music. Being a member of 1D meant that he would have to drop out of school to pursue his career.

While we normally wouldn't recommend not graduating high school to ANYONE, things are definitely working out for the British babe. Hazza just dropped his first solo single, "Sign of the Times," and will be featured in the upcoming movie, Dunkirk!

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Niall Horan

Harry isn't the only member of 1D who didn't finish his schooling thanks to the success of the band. The Irish lad later said, "I wish I'd finished school. I never got to finish my last exam." It's never too late, Niall!

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Luke Hemmings

The Australian-born lead singer of 5 Seconds of Summer decided to leave school to move to the UK and tour with his band. He opted for online schooling for a good chunk of time while he was on the road (his mom is a math teacher, after all), but never ended up finishing and doesn't have a diploma.

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Calum Hood

This 5SOS guy never finished his schooling either. Originally, the bassist was planning on leaving H.S. to pursue a career as a professional soccer player, but instead said goodbye to the books to become a member of one of the most successful groups of our generation.

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Michael Clifford

School was obviously not 5 Seconds of Summer's favorite thing. This 21-year-old is the third member of the Aussie band who doesn't have a degree to his name, choosing to leave school to pursue a career in music.

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When Drake was just 15 he dropped out of school, but it wasn't so he could pursue his music career. At the time, he was playing Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, and left IRL high school to focus on the fictional place of education.

The rapper may have dropped out back then, but he eventually decided it was time to graduate. At the age of 25, Drake scored a 97 percent on his final exam and officially got his high-school diploma.

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Austin Mahone

This young singer used to get bullied by his peers for posting videos on YouTube — look at him now! Austin eventually decided to leave high school to pursue his music career and we definitely think it worked out well.

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Ed Sheeran

While Ed started writing songs in high school and was even accepted into the National Youth Theater, he eventually dropped out to focus all his time and energy on music.

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Kylie Jenner may have graduated high school, but that doesn't mean that her boyfriend did. Tyga left school to pursue his rap career a while back and it doesn't look like he has any regrets.

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Joey Bada$$

This young rapper may not have finished school, but that didn't stop him from going back to say hello. In 2014 he went back to his place of education to donate $10,000 to the school's music program!

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