It’s been a rough road for Idol’s first runner-up contestant Justin Guarini. 2002 was a huge year for Guarini, who had his sights set very high to succeed as an entertainer.
These days, the Idol alum says that life is very different from those days where he was hopping in and out of limos, and paying for expensive dinners. In fact, the 34-year-old admits that now he skips meals on a daily basis to provide for his family.
Guarini reminisced in a blog post about the Idol days and how they compare to the life he’s living now. He wrote: “I couldn’t walk the street without being stopped a hundred times”
The meal skipping is something Guarini finds necessary, “in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough.”
Since his departure off of Idol, it’s been a struggle. The singer even battled with depression. He told Oprah on Where Are They Now? about the whole ordeal: “I found out that I was dropped from the record label, and dropped by the management company that comes with American Idol via Saturday Night Live. I didn’t get a phone call. I didn’t get an e-mail.”
The incident lead to dark days for Guarini: “That really began a process of completely going in myself. At every turn there was someone putting me down for something, and that lead to be not getting out of bed in the morning.”
However, years after his depression Justin Guarini does have some sunshine on his days even though he still calls making end’s meet a struggle. Guarini is the father of two sons with wife Reina Capodici.
Guarini wrote about his family life and how grateful he is for it:
“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.”
It looks like things may pick up for Justin Guarini as he’s scheduled to hit Broadway opposite Orlando Bloom in the role of Paris in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.