The ex-Idol was truly living the American dream.
"Alright so I didn't want to bring my person life to my fans but I'm about to freak out if I don't tell yall the truth!" Alex tweeted this week, saying that he's had to visit WiFi-equipped coffeehouses in order to maintain contact with his online fans. "Ever since IICD ended I've been kinda homeless! Sleepin on the street and behind buildings. I have a choice to stay and persue my career or go back to Texas and not do music! I'm usually a strong person but I can't take it anymore.
"I just want my fans to know that I'm not an American Idol type person! There are many things I can't share with yall because you'd probably think I was a hooligan haha."
But it's possible that Alex's reassuring next-day tweets came after he got a lecture from his handlers, who were none too pleased with his Twitter rant. See, the following day a spokesperson for "American Idol" production company XIX Entertainment--which currently has a development deal with Alex--told Entertainment Weekly: "I don't know where that came from. He's on a retainer, and he's getting money every month. He's working on demos. He's with writers, he's working on music. He's not homeless. How could he be texting? How could he be going into recording studio and sleeping on the streets? There's no record deal yet, but hopefully with these demos something could come from that."
A rep from XIX also told The Hollywood Reporter that Alex's bizarre late-night tweets were just the result of him having a "bad day."
So it's unclear just how struggling this struggling artist is. But judging from his emphatic tweets, Alex has no intentions of giving up on his music dream, whether he's really homeless or not. "There's no way I'll ever stop making music as long as I live," he said. So Alex certainly has the drive--and, more importantly, the talent. But so do a lot of other singers in L.A. who never make it. We'll just have to wait and see if Alex eventually gets a deserved third chance at fame. Hey, at least his Twitter spree generated more publicity for him, right?
In the meantime, let the strange saga of Alex Lambert serve as a cautionary tale for the starry-eyed hopefuls of "American Idol" Season 10: Nothing comes easy in showbiz, not even for singers who've have the good fortune of appearing on one of the world's most-watched TV shows.
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