Alex Lambert says he’s sleeping on the streets but rep insists he’s “not homeless”

American Idol 9 semi-finalist Alex Lambert, who joined the cast of If I Can Dream after being eliminated before the finals, said he’s homeless and living on the streets of Los Angeles, but a representative of his management insists he’s not homeless because he’s getting a paycheck and actively working on demos.

Late last night, Alex wrote, “Ever since IICD ended I’ve been kinda homless! Sleepin on the street and behind buildings.I have a choice to stay and persue my career or go … back to texas and not do music! I’m usually a strong person but I can’t take it anymore.” He added, “I’ve been goin to coffee shops and other stores so I can tweet to my snaf! Because to be honest! You guys are all I really have!”

Alex joined the show in early April; it ended in early October. His recording of “Dream With My Eyes Open” (it’s still free on iTunes) became the show’s theme song; on one episode, he refused to get naked for PETA but was filmed naked in the shower.

Three hours ago, Alex wrote, “I have been crashin behind buidings and sleepin outside but I dont want nobody to feel sorry for me! I’m a grown ass man” and added “I have money! And soon I will have a place to stay! … I don’t mind sleepin on the street as long as I get my chance!” He also apologized for any miscommunication.

Alex is represented by XIX Entertainment, and a publicist for the show told Entertainment Weekly that Alex is “not homeless. I don’t know where that came from.” The rep also said, “He’s on a retainer, and he’s getting money every month. He’s working on demos. He’s with writers, he’s working on music. … He’s not homeless. How could he be texting? How could he be going into recording studio and sleeping on the streets? There’s no record deal yet, but hopefully these demos something could come from that.”

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