After Season 1 of American Idol, winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini were propelled into superstardom. Clarkson has stayed there for more than a decade, but Guarini was there for a mere 15 minutes.
After the season ended, the stars remained tied together, filming From Justin to Kelly. And while the two singers seemed like a likely couple, neither of them admitted to a relationship.
Guarini is working to revive his entertainment career with a one-man cabaret act, Lovesick, showing at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The performance is somewhat autobiographical, and Guarini apparently sings about a very real relationship with Clarkson, according to Yahoo. He said they were friends up until they were on set of From Justin to Kelly, when their relationship sparked.
But that relationship didn’t last long, and Guarini explained it ended because of the massive success she had. Back in 2012, he was asked if there had been a relationship, and he didn’t give any sort of a definitive answer.
“Yeah, there was a rumor, definitely. We’ve just always been such good friends,” Guarini told Yahoo back in 2012. “Um, man, it was weird; she was like my sister on the show, and then, you know, we made a movie together. I’d say, we had a good time. Yeah.”
In Lovesick, Guarini also revealed that he had a fling with another Season 1 contestant while filming — Tamyra Gray. Gray and Guarini are both married now, and Guarini even has two children. But the singer revealed last year things weren’t going very well, and he was even having a hard time feeding his family.
Guarini may not have had the success Clarkson has, but he is now doing okay with his life. He will be joining the cast of Wicked on Broadway on Feb. 25.