Here’s him on the Today Show.
Only thing to say is “MAN OH MAN, I hope this guy holds it together”. I hope he stays off drugs which is gonna be hard when he’s gone in a week from homeless to guest of honor on The Today Show and fielding hundreds of offers and tons of money being waved, but I really really hope he makes it. We almost need him to make it.
And of course the best of all possible worlds: he’ll marry Susan Boyle.
I’m guessing that’s the one he’ll take since it comes with an apartment. He can set up a small studio and do freelance work via email. I hope he rakes in all he can for now and pays back his ex-wives for child support (he has 9 kids).
What gives hope is that unlike most viral video stars he actually has talent and long term employment possibilities.
It would seem like the drugs should have taken a toll on his voice. He sort of sounds like people sound if they are talking with cigarette smoke in their lungs, slightly muffled- though just barely. It makes me wonder what he sounded like at his prime.
Homeless guy without that kind of talent has it rough. Those are good people too, but we can’t afford to prop them all up. Homeless guy with phenomenal talent will hopefully prop himself up. I think he will make it. The cavaliers or whomever should watch him like a hawk, because publicity would not be good if he were allowed to fall back down.
He says he has been clean and sober for over two years, yet it looks like he has been arrested several times in that time frame, as recently as last May.
I hope he has a good support network as well, because if he is still struggling, having access to a fat pile of money would certainly be a temptation that would push many newly sober (or semi-sober) over the edge…
They asked him about this on TDS and he didn’t deny it at all. He said that he often stole to support his drug habit and he’s been arrested for vagrancy, which is essentially what the incident last summer was about. A storeowner complained that he’d seen this guy urinate in front of the store and change his clothes outside and panhandle, and while I can 100% understand why a business owner wouldn’t want that in front of his store it doesn’t in and of itself make Williams a bad sort, just desperate.
The public vagrancy charges aren’t that bad. He lives outside, pees in the bushes, and changes clothes. It’s annoying to the property owners, but not unusual. Homeless people often live in the shadows of commercial property.
At least he doesn’t have any violent crimes on his record.