Justin Guarini says that you all missed the message on his blog post which blew up after media got wind of it. On his website he posted to his blog a heartfelt message where he compared his current lifestyle choices to his previous one.
His lifestyle, after finishing American Idol’s first season as runner up, took a definite upswing as he wore designer t-shirts and drove expensive cars with all the other trimming that goes along with “instant” popularity. Justin’s fans reacted in shock after reading his blog which said, “I have spent days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children, and my wife have enough.”
The media picked up on Guarini’s apparent claim of abject poverty. But the 34 year-old father with two children has quickly pointed out that his blog post was not about his financial status being dire nor was it was about how badly things were going.
He got on his Twitter account to say, “Obviously you completely missed the point of my letter @peoplemag. News isn’t news anymore, and I’m nowhere near poverty. #twistedmytruth.”
He even seems to be a little upset by the conclusion that everyone jumped to after reading about how terrified he was at the struggle to make ends meet. His post also included a somewhat wistful tone where he says, “Sometimes I envy people who sit at a desk all day (at least you know where your next meal is coming from).” But Justin Guarini, whose official website crashed after his post, wants the media to know that they’ve missed his real message.
He also points out that he drives “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.” All the items he mentions in his post seem to point to his fear of failing to provide for his family.
But the true meaning of his blog post is revealed in the one portion of his poverty tale. “I have a wife whom I love and who loves me (me!) and who lifts me up. Children who give me cherubic-lipped kisses before I leave for work and who are the most delicious morsels of joy and peace and prosperity.”
You don’t even really need to read between the lines to see the message that Guarini was really trying to give to his fans. The American Idol finalist and runner up is pointing out that he actually seems to prefer the fear and the uncertainty of his more precarious financial situation.
Because as Justin so clearly points out in his post, he loves his family and cherishes them more than the superficiality of his short burst of success. He was attempting to point out that his wife Reina and his three children mean more to him than the designer clothes and other trappings of his fame.
He hasn’t changed his profession though and that is where the real “fear” comes in. But things are looking up for Justin. He is going to be working on the Broadway show Romeo and Juliet with Orlando Bloom. So Guarini’s message that everyone missed is that despite his financial woes, he loves his family and wants them and the world to know that.
By Michael Smith