Ted Williams, the once-homeless man who shot to fame after his “golden voice” was featured on YouTube, has endured a rocky road since being thrust into the public eye – but he’s gotten himself on the right path and he’s now narrating a new movie about the plight of other homeless individuals.
Ted stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Monday and gave Billy Bush and Kit Hoover an update on his struggles and accomplishments.
“I thought all of this was going to just last for a week,” he said looking back on his success, which includes a book, a charity, numerous voiceover jobs and now narrating the documentary, “Houseless.”
“I went from homelessness, just nothing, to having 20 grand,” he explained. “I was thinking the first time all of this great fortune has come to me and now it’s gone in a matter of minutes.”
Once he was thrust into the spotlight, Ted’s struggles with drugs and alcohol continued to plague him.
After appearing on the “Dr. Phil Show” in 2011, an incident with one of his daughters led to the police taking Ted into custody. He told Billy and Kit that once he was reunited with his family in Los Angeles, they celebrated and indulged in some heavy drinking, while hiding it from everyone.
“I was never charged, finger printed, [or had a] mug shot or anything,” he said of the incident that would land him in rehab for the first time. “The Beverly Hills cops just had a great time laughing at me in the holding tank.”
With the help of Dr. Phil, Ted entered rehab in Texas, but it didn’t last long.
“I wasn’t [ready], but I was,” he said of his first rehab stint, which only lasted eight days. “I was under the assumption that I would be there for 30 days… Thank God there was Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen at the time… instead of the Golden Voice, I went under the radar.”
Ted explained that he then battled with drugs yet again, following his eight-day rehab stay, but was given another chance at sobriety by Dr. Phil, who sent him back to rehab. He began his second rehab stint in May 2011 and stayed for 90 days at the Texas treatment center.
“Now, I’m really ready,” Ted said of his sobriety. “[I’ve been sober] two years, three months and 17 days… I’m really trying hard. I’m doing really well. I’m surrounding myself with great people. I’m going to a lot of 12 step meetings, I’ve got a sponsor.”
As for his latest project, “Houseless,” Ted told Billy and Kit it shows “the real side of homelessness.”
He also offered up an alternative to money that people wanting help those in need can give.
“Socks work like money,” he explained.
Find out more information on “Houseless” and Ted’s other efforts to help the homeless.