Bill Klein, the other half of The Little Couple, has endeared to fans since the TLC reality show first aired in 2009. Bill and his wife, Dr. Jen Arnold, along with their children William, 12, and Zoey, 9, became one of the more popular and loved real-life families featured on the network.
But despite being a responsible and fun-loving family man, Bill has had his troubles in the past. Fortunately, the TV celebrity managed to turn his life around.
The Little Couple: Bill Klein Goes Through a Rebellious Phase
Most youngsters go through a rebellious phase, and Bill Klein was no different. However, his troubles stemmed from the fact that he suffered from skeletal dysplasia. Because of his medical condition, The Little Couple star was in and out of the hospital. Sadly, he was also bullied for his appearance.
"Unfortunately, my unwanted and unearned celebrity transferred from high school to college seamlessly," Bill wrote in his book Life Is Short (No Pun Intended): Love, Laughter, and Learning to Enjoy Every Moment. "I was teased, I was ignored, I was threatened, I was chased, I was beaten up."
The 47-year-old businessman caused a bit of trouble during his teenage years, forcing his father to take some drastic measures. In an interview with Dad or Alive, Bill Klein revealed that he was also quite a disobedient youngster.
The Little Couple celeb also admitted that there was a time when he didn't take his studies seriously, causing his grades to plummet. Everything came to the point that his dad, Bill Sr., simply had enough.
"One of my most serious offenses was in [ninth] grade. My grades had dipped to — well, unacceptable lows," Bill Klein shared. "I disobeyed his many requests, and finally, he was forced to take away everything I valued — television, friends, everything outside of school."
Bill Turns Over a New Leaf
Bill Klein was fortunate to have parents who were willing to put their feet down to straighten him up. After Bill was grounded, he had no other choice but to focus on his studies. Fortunately, his dad's actions bore positive results as he managed to turn the table against his troublemaker self.
"For [three] months, I went to school, came home to do homework, ate, and went to bed without any distractions," The Little Couple star explained. "Sadly, it worked. I went from a 67% to a 98% in a quarter and never faltered from then on."
His hard work paid off as he graduated high school and was accepted to New York University. Bill Klein finished with a degree in Biology but pursued a different career path as he became an entrepreneur and, later, a TV celebrity and author.