First-ever American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini raised eyebrows with an alarming blog post this week in which he says he has to skip meals to feed his kids.
The singer, who came in second to Kelly Clarkson in 2002, remembers the days when "I couldn't walk the street without being stopped a hundred times."
Life these days is much different, and even involves "skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough. To make sure my children and my wife have enough."
While his costar in 2003's From Justin to Kelly has gone on to win Grammys and sell 20 million albums worldwide, Guarini battles to make ends meet.
"I'm unafraid to say that I am terrified," the 34-year-old writes. "I am struggling to make each day meet the next without breaking down and curling up."