Last night Season 9 contestant, Alex Lambert tweeted a series of messages claiming he was homeless. This afternoon Alex tweeted more, assuring fans that there are places he could crash, but he doesn’t want to be a burden on his friends.
Now, Alex’s rep tells Entertainment Weekly that Alex is not homeless. “I don’t know where that came from, ” says the rep.
A spokesperson for XIX Entertainment, an Idol production company that manages many of the show’s contestants, confirmed to EW that Lambert did tweet those messages. But the rep also was also emphatic: “He’s not homeless. I don’t know where that came from.”
The spokesperson added some evidence that Lambert, who’s on a development deal with XIX, should have the means to pay for housing: “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.” Then the rep added: “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 these demos something could come from that.”
Think this afternoon’s tweets were the result of a discussion with his rep? Good luck to Alex. Hope he sorts out whatever he’s going through right now.
UPDATE: XIX rep tells Shirley Halperin at The Hollywood Reporter that Alex has been “crashing on friends’ couches while looking for an apartment, but he’s getting a retainer and working on [new music] demos” and attributes last night’s rant to the Season 9 Idol having a “bad day.”
2nd Update: More tweets from Alex:
I’m real! And I don’t lie! and I would never lie to yall!(yall being my supporters who got my back through thick and thin) F*** yeah I was sleepin outside! That s*** sucks too! I’m goin back home to get my s*** together! But I will be back! And I’m comin strong! LETS DO THIS!”
I dont give a damn about money either! I have never had any and I’ve been just fine! The money that I was makin and have made I have sent home for my Mother and my 3 broke a** brothers sleepin on the ground! I just wanted the people that loved me to know what was really goin on
Alex going back to Texas to get his “s*** together” is a good idea.