Ted Williams has had a roller coaster ride over the last few years as he went from being homeless and addicted to drugs to capturing the public’s attention with his golden voice.
But now, Williams, who turned his situation around and captured a voice-over job as a spokesman for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, among others, admits that income generated from his fame is no more.
“I should have been a millionaire by now,” Williams told The Columbus Dispatch following an appearance on a Marion, Ohio, radio station, where he hosts a weekly show.
Despite collecting a $375,000 book advance for a biography, “A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation,” Williams confessed to being broke, despite being clean and sober.
“I own nothing,” he said while also admitting that he doesn’t have a car or driver’s license. In order to get to his appearances, Williams’ new agent, Scott Anthony, drives him.
The turn of events is far cry from the attention Williams received after he was featured in a January 2011 Dispatch video panhandling at an exit ramp with a homemade sign saying he had a radio voice. The video ended up going viral with millions of views and instant fame for Williams, who appeared on the “Today” show and “Dr. Phil” as well as obtained employment doing numerous voice-over jobs.
In addition, Williams managed to deal with his crack cocaine abuse through a successful stint in rehabilitation. No longer homeless, the Dispatch noted that Williams lived in hotels paid for by an agent for a while after achieving fame in 2011. He then moved into a rented condominium in Dublin, Ohio that was owned by another agent.
Nowadays, Williams lives in an apartment near Franklin Park on the East Side. He said he owns no furniture to put in the apartment.
With his homelessness and drug use in the past, Williams hopes to use his Christian faith to develop a following on the religious speaking circuit, according to the Dispatch.
As he copes with resentments and anger toward others, including the previous agents, Williams tells the newspaper, “I’m still very fragile in my recovery.”
Fortunately for Williams, he isn’t alone with his recovery. His longtime girlfriend Kathy Chambers is there to help him as well as a group of Christian women who contact him daily.
Ted ‘Golden Voice’ Williams is Clean, Sober and … Broke (Watch) was originally published on chicagodefender.com