He also said he used to be a cleaner at some universities in London before his breakthrough.
Badu, who says he now owns 10 companies, said he was making those revelations about his struggles in the past to motivate others.
According to him, the mother of a girl he intended to marry in London threw him out of her house because he was poor.
“At a point, the mother of a young girl I wanted to marry in London told me never to step foot into their house simply because I had nothing to my name. I think she provoked something in me.
“Today by the grace of God, I am a CEO of almost 10 companies, with an honorary doctorate, a UN ambassador with an honorary key to the city of Brooklyn, an author of 15 books, three smashing albums under my record, happily married to a beautiful queen and God has blessed me with 2 kids. So when I tell you don’t give up, please hear me. You are next in line for God’s breakthrough,” he wrote.