Even American Idols can fall on hard times.
Justin Guarini — the show’s first runner up (to Kelly Clarkson) — says he’s so strapped for cash that he often foregoes meals so his loved ones don’t end up hungry.
“I have spent days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough,” the singer wrote in a revealing entry on his personal blog yesterday. “To make sure my children, and my wife have enough. I am struggling to make each day meet the next without breaking down and curling up. Sometimes I envy people who sit at a desk every day (at least you know where your next meal is coming from).”
But times weren’t always tough. After leaving IDOL in 2002, the mop-topped singer starred in the movie From Justin To Kelly and appeared both on and off Broadway.
“There was a time when I could have thrown down cash for a house, and had any number of lovers in and out the door. A flashy car and clothes to match. An ego to trump them all,” he wrote about his life just a few years ago. “Now I rent a home filled with love. I have a wife whom I love and who loves me (me!) and who lifts me up. Children who give me cherubic-lipped kisses before I leave for work and who are the most delicious morsels of joy and peace and prosperity.”
Justin, 34, married wife Reina Capodici in September 2009. They welcomed son William in 2011.
Though he’s short on cash, Guarini — who suffered from depression in recent years — still considers himself “a pretty wealthy individual.”
“I have more riches than I can count,” he told a fan in the comments section. “Most of them come in the form of smiles and drool … but they make me feel like a gazillionaire!”
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