Once a TV and music sensation who also starred in a feature film, “American Idol’s” season one runner-up, Justin Guarini, is now struggling to even feed his family.
The reality star reportedly posted on his website that he’s fallen on hard times and is sometimes forced to skip meals so he can use the money to feed his family.
“I have spent days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children, and my wife have enough,” Guarini wrote, according to Today.com, although his site was no longer working at press time.
After wrapping up the first season of “Idol,” Guarini was signed to RCA Records and released his debut album in 2003, and starred in the movie “From Justin to Kelly.” Since then, he has taken part in musicals, both on and off Broadway.
He married wife Reina Capodici in September 2009 and had his first child in 2011.
“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 the height of his fame. “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.”
Guarini writes that while while he once had the wealth and ego to live a wealthy life, he told a fan in the comments that has been his family that actually makes him feel rich.
“I am a pretty wealthy individual. I have more riches than I can count. Most of them come in the form of smiles and drool … but they make me feel like a gazillionaire!”
He is now looking to “reintroduce” himself and “regain and surpass all that I had before … but this time with a family.”