NEW YORK (CBS) Is "American Idol" alum Alex Lambert homeless?
The Season 9 contestant sent out a series of messages on Twitter Tuesday night, announcing that he's been living on the streets since finishing appearing on Simon Fuller's Hulu reality series "If I Can Dream," which wrapped its first season in October.
"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!" Lambert tweeted. "Ever since IICD ended I've been kinda homeless! Sleepin on the street and behind buildings."
A spokesperson for 19 Entertainment, an "Idol" production company that manages many of the show's contestants, confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Lambert sent the messages, but was emphatic that the claims aren't true: "He's not homeless. 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," the rep said, adding, "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."
After his messages started to receive attention from media outlets and worried fans, Lambert unleashed a string of new tweets telling people not to worry.
"I have places to stay. I just don't want to be a burden on anyone!" he wrote, over multiple messages. "I have money! And soon I will have a place to stay! I just wanted to let y'all know! I'm not some rich spoiled kid! That I've had to hustle and grind, and I don't mind sleepin' on the street, as long as I get my chance!"