Jennifer Lawrence comes clean about dropping out of school at 14: 'I don't technically have a GED or a diploma'

Jennifer Lawrence has no regrets about dropping out of middle school at 14.

The Oscar winner confirms in an upcoming 60 Minutes that she did in fact leave junior high and never returned -- in contrast to past reports that she had graduated high school.

"I dropped out of middle school," she says point-blank in the special, which airs Sunday. “I don’t technically have a GED or a diploma. I am self-educated.”

The revelation contradicts a 2013 New York Daily News piece about Lawrence's upbringing which claims she "graduated early with a high GPA" from her Kentucky high school.

“What was it you wanted so much?” asks CBS News' Bill Whitaker.

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LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 30: (L-R) Alex Black, Shanica Knowles, Jennifer Lawrence, and Tyler Neitzel pose together at Tyler's 16th birthday party on September 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
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MALIBU, CA - JUNE 29: Jennifer Lawrence attends W Magazine Hosts Exclusive Malibu Screening of 'Battle in Seattle' at Malibu Country Mart on June 29, 2008 in Malibu, CA. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 20: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival's Poker House Screening on June 20, 2008 at Mann Festival Theater in Westwood, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at W Magazine's Hollywood Affair Pre Oscar Party held at the Sunset Tower Hotel Terrace on February 20, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of The Burning Plain at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema on September 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere of 'The Burning Plain' at Thompson Hotel on September 14, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at Nylon Magazine's TV Issue launch party at SkyBar on August 24, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 -- (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 25: Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton hotel on October 25, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JUNE 08: Jennifer Lawrence attends Celebrity Hairstylist Mark Townsend's Launch of MARKTBeauty.com at The Penthouse at Smyth Hotel Tribeca on June 8, 2010 in New York City. at The Penthouse at Smyth Hotel Tribeca on June 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for MARKTBeauty.com)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 11: Jennifer Lawrence attends Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Runaways' Presented By Apparition and KLIPSCH at ArcLight Cinemas on March 11, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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“It’s hard to explain. It’s just an overwhelming feeling of, ‘I get this. This is what I was meant to do,'” Lawrence replies. “And to get people to try to understand that when you’re 14 years old, wanting to drop out of school and do this, and your parents are just like, ‘You’re out of your mind.'”

Does she regret her decision?  “No. I really don’t," Lawrence tells Whitaker. "I wanted to forge my own path. I found what I wanted to do, and I didn’t want anything getting in the way of it. Even friends, for many years, were not as important to me as my career, I mean, from the age of 14."

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