Ted Williams, the homeless man with a “golden voice,” is having the most eventful January that has ever occurred.
Williams, as you probably know, started out the year living on the streets of Columbus and voice-busking for money. After a video of his talents went viral on Reddit, Williams was abruptly whisked from the streets, given a house and landed several jobs. He recorded a Superbowl ad for Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese, but soon (really soon) made headlines again because he was arrested at a Los Angeles hotel for an altercation with his adult daughter- reportedly over money.
Still in January, he found the time to appear on the show of celebrity stern taking-toer Dr. Phil McGraw, former right hand straight-shooter of Miss Oprah Winfrey herself. Dr. Phil coaxed Williams into rehab, normally an act that signals the end or dormancy of the celebrity cycle in a famous person, sparking concern that Williams had or was about to relapse. (Williams admitted it was substance abuse issues that landed him on the streets.) Williams’ girlfriend remains in a different California rehab center, but the location of the luckiest homeless man in the US is not currently known, at least to the press.
In a statement Dr. Phil released yesterday, he acknowledges Williams’ choice in the matter and wishes him well:
“Ted was given the chance to voluntarily enter a drug rehabilitation facility in order to help him in dealing with his dependency on drugs and alcohol. In that it is voluntary, the decision to remain in treatment is Ted’s to make. We certainly hope that he continues his commitment to sobriety, and we will continue to help and support him in any way that we can. We wish him well.”