Alex Lambert, who last year competed on "American Idol" and appeared on the online Hulu reality show "If I Can Dream", says he has been sleeping on the streets.
"Ever since IICD ended I've been kinda homless!" Lambert said on his Twitter page. "I have been crashin behind buidings and sleepin outside but I dont want nobody to feel sorry for me. I have a choice to stay and pursue my career or go back to texas and not do music! I just want my fans to know that I'm not an American Idol type person!"
"If I Can Dream" ended in October.
"I've had so much help out here in LA!" he added. "I just want to do things on my own! I have places to stay I just don't want to be a burden on anyone! I have money! And soon I will have a place to stay! I just wanted to let yall 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!"
A spokesperson for the production company 19 Entertainment, which manages several of the contestants of "If I Can Dream," which ended in October, told Entertainment Weekly that Lambert, 20, was not homeless. Lambert denied that he wrote about his financial situation on Twitter to generate publicity.
"I don't give a damn about fame!" he said. "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 (expletive) brothers sleepin on the ground! I'm goin back home to get my (expletive) together! But I will be back! And I'm comin strong! LETS DO THIS!"
He later retracted what he said about his brothers.
Many people, especially aspiring entertainers, who move to Los Angeles, where rent rates tend to be higher than many parts of the United States, often end up "couch surfing" at friends' homes until they find an affordable place of their own.