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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.”


Guarini, who welcomed second son Asher with wife Reina Capodici in February, looks back on his American Idol heyday and contrasts it with the present.

While life in 2013 “ain’t perfect,” it’s “filled with love.”

“I have a wife whom I love and who loves me (me!) and who lifts me up,” he says, calling his kids “the most delicious morsels of joy and peace and prosperity.”

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After penning his emotional open letter, however, Justin Guarini is criticizing the media’s coverage of his note, which he says distorted his statements.

“Obviously you completely missed the point of my letter @peoplemag,” tweeted the father of two, calling out People magazine. “News isn’t news anymore.”

Guarini adds, “I’m nowhere near poverty. #twistedmytruth”

Though his blog post was confirmed as authentic, Guarini’s rep also said his words were misinterpreted and that he is very far from destitute.

You can read it for yourself and see how you interpret it.