Alex Lambert of 'American Idol' tries Ted Williams' homeless path to fame?
Was Alex Lambert attempting to out himself as the next "homeless man with the golden voice"? The onetime "American Idol" contestant sent out a stream of Twitter messages Monday declaring he'd been "kinda homless! Sleepin on the street and behind buildings [sic]," adding, "I'm usually a strong person, but I can't take it anymore."
A rep for 19 Entertainment, the company behind the "Idol" gang, confirmed the tweets' authenticity Tuesday but also told EW.com that since Lambert wrapped the Web-based reality series "If I Can Dream," he's been on retainer and getting money every month.
"He's not homeless," the rep said. "I don't know where that came from."
Lambert changed tactics Tuesday on Twitter, with another series of messages that said, in part, "O my goodness yall! I have been crashin behind buidings and sleepin outside but I dont want nobody to feel sorry for me! I'm a grown ass man. I've had so much help out here in LA! I just want oto do things on my own! I have places to stay I just don't want to be a burden on anyone! I have money! And soon I will have a place to stay! I just wanted to let yall know! I'm not some rich spoiled kid!"
The Alex Lambert fan site connected to the singer's Twitter account posted a "calm down" message about the tweets Tuesday as well, addressing the possibility that coming during "American Idol" premiere week, this might have all been a stunt.
"[N]o one ever said making it was easy — if anyone knows it, it's Alex. And those tweets are an expression of that fact. The music industry is a tough one, and the advances and support artists receive before they've made it big may not amount to much.
"Stay tuned, and don’t jump to conclusions! Everyone has bad days and gets overwhelmed sometimes.
"Oh and one last thing, though Alex's tweets may be exaggerating the direness of the situation, he is way too upfront and real a person to have pulled this as a publicity stunt. Out. Of. The. Question."
One tip for Lambert (no relation to "American Idol's" Adam Lambert, incidentally): Ted Williams' path to fame might not be the kind of "sure thing" an aspiring performer wants to emulate.
— Christie D'Zurilla