Shia LaBeouf’s parents struggled to make ends meet while Shia was growing up. "Finance drove my family apart,” the actor Shia LaBeouf admitted to Parade in 2009. “[My parents were] co-owners in a fashion company that fell apart. It may not be the sole reason for the split, but it is the superficial reason."
After his parents divorced in 1996, a 10-year-old LaBeouf began doing stand up comedy as a preteen insult comic in an attempt to help out with expenses. Making little money, he decided that acting might be a more lucrative endeavor: "I just knew that money was a solution to whatever the hell was going on in my household. With money, I and my family would have had more options. So I went after a job that I thought I could make the most money for a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old boy."