Justin Guarini arrives at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
(Photo: Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY)
(USA TODAY) -- Update: American Idol Season 1 finalist Justin Guarini's blog post in which he described skipping meals and wearing gifted clothes spread quickly across the Internet.
But now the 34-year-old singer is saying, not so fast to the media.
"Obviously you completely missed the point of my letter @peoplemag. News isn't news anymore, and I'm nowhere near poverty. #twistedmytruth," he tweeted Thursday afternoon, a day after the post appeared on his site.
It's not clear in the tweet whether he's being literal or figurative about being impoverished, considering the fact that the post on his site (which has apparently crashed) revealed plenty of details about the dire situation his family is in.
Guarini's publicist Jeff Ballard tells USA TODAY the post on the website is authentic, but the singer is not doing any interviews to discuss the matter further.
"I have spent days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough," he admits. "To make sure my children, and my wife have enough."
He contrasts his current financial state with a time at the height of his fame "when I couldn't walk the street w/o being stopped a hundred times for a photo or a press of flesh."
Guarini goes into grim detail about his current station in life, more than a decade after he shot to fame alongside Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson.
"I drive a family oriented import, that is over mileage. My clothes are a mixture of gift-suite holdovers, things I bought when I had money but no style, and H&M," he writes.
He also writes, eloquently at times, about trying to keep a smile on his face as he and his family - wife Reina and their children - struggle tremendously.
"I'm unafraid to say that I am terrified. 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 all day (at least you know where your next meal is coming from). I'll smile, and laugh,and joke, and entertain...because sometimes it's the only way to keep the ghosts of regret and loss at bay. I am unafraid to be afraid, and in that fear I gather strength."
And Guarini is well aware that spilling his guts in this fashion might seem a bit unusual in the glitz and glam world of Hollywood.
"It feels like madness to admit any of this," he says, "but I'd rather be outright crazy and free, than seemingly sane and a prisoner of convention."
The good news in all this is that Guarini has a new job: he's set to hit Broadway next month with stars Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in Romeo and Juliet.