Hearne: National Enquirer Takes First Bite Out of Tate Stevens ‘Reality’ Apple

tate_stevens_main_a_pWelcome to the Bigs…

Where there’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Where tabloid “eyes” and cellphone cams lurk around every corner, in every honky-tonk and titty bar.

For months affable Belton street worker Tate Stevens has been living a dream life. Accolades aplenty for his award-winning performances on reality singing show The X Factor. A $5 million prize for taking top honors. Now he’s off to Nashville to record his first album.

So what’s not to like?

For starters, the tabloid coverage that often accompanies fame and fortune. It arrived this week in the form of a National Enquirer story bagging on Tate’s parents for filing for bankruptcy.

“Tate – who has been in country bands throughout his life – had put his dream of making it big on hold to supports his wife Ashlie and his two children,” The Enquirer writes. “‘But he won the multimillion-dollar payday as much for his mom and dad as for them’ said an insider.

‘Tate’s dad has always been his musical inspiration. He encouraged his son from day one and put him onstage at age 4 when he played drums in a country band.'”

That’s what’s called, the set up. Now watch the Enquirer go in for the kill.

“‘Tate has watched his parents struggle through some pretty difficult financial times and he vowed to never let that happen again.’

“According to court documents obtained exclusively by The Enquirer, Tate’s dad Stephen and mom Nancy filed filed for protection in a Kansas City, Mo. bankruptcy court in 2001. But Tate’s spectacular X Factor performances ensure their future will be much brighter…Said the source, ‘Tate is overjoyed he can make good on his promise and repay the chief musical influence – his dad!”Screen shot 2013-01-05 at 11.04.47 AM

The bottom line on the mini expose: No harm, no foul – this time out.

Yeah, it’s a little embarrassing for the fam, but with five mill in the bank (or on the way) worse things could happen. And they will should any X Factor groupies find their way into Tate’s hotel room in Nashville while his wife and family are holed up in Belton.

The warning shot’s been fired and the gloves are off. Now it’s up to the street worker with $5 mill in the bank.





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8 Responses to Hearne: National Enquirer Takes First Bite Out of Tate Stevens ‘Reality’ Apple

  1. Markus Aurelius says:

    His parents went through bankruptcy 12 years ago? Big whoop. Heck, the credit agencies don’t even care about bankruptcies that old.

    • harley says:

      its already off their credit report then..
      and yes…who else but smarmyman can turn a really rags to riches
      story of tate into a pile of crap.
      Smarmyman makes his living selling used hot tubs…it would take
      him 500,000 hot tube sales to equal what tate took in the x factor.
      Tate gets 5 million dollar contract…worldwide exposure…of course
      according to smarmyman the lowlife tate won’t reach the levels
      of people like kelly clarkson….cary underwood….or any of the
      multimilliondollars careers that were started by the talent shows.
      No…smarmyman would rather feast his hands in feces the rest of
      his life than get that big contract and the chance to become a huge huge
      David cook after winning idolwas making 150k an appearance (in kc)
      and more on the road. But smarmyman would rather put his hands
      in diseased crap than make that kind of money.
      See smarmyman is one demeaning dude who can’t stand other’s success
      because he’s trolling craigslist for used hot tubsand toilets.
      Congrats to tate….he seems like an incredible guy helping his family
      and his parents.
      maybe smarmyman could learn a lesson from a guy like tate…
      doubt it…smarmyman is a loser.

  2. smartman says:

    It’s not five mil lump sum in the bank. It’s a five year, five million dollar recording contract. After taxes and “other business related expenses” not to mention the “recoupable” expenses in most recording contracts he’ll be back sweeping streets by 2020.Given the accounting methods in the music business there is a good chance after five years he may wind up owing them money.

  3. smartman says:

    Oh Harley you are so jealous and misinformed. Hot tubs is a hobby, for new car and motorcycle money. My real job is quick turn high end flips and remodels. Had a great year! Took Three of my co-workers and their wives to Vegas for 4 days over the New Years Holiday. Played four different 5 team parlays at a grand. Won one of them….$20K. Took the $20K to the roulette table and laid $1000.00 on 27, my lucky number. Came up on the fifth roll….$36K. So you make fun and bash all you want. David Cook is more washed up than your girlfriends vagina after her conjugal visits to Lansing and Tate Stevens ain’t that far behind. He’s at 14 minutes and 2 seconds.

    • harley says:

      yeah right smarmyman. You’re a firstclass bullsh***ter!
      Good year? and you have to work with nasty diseased hot tubs
      to pay for a car……a businessman who works with nasty hot tubs to pay
      for his car….what car smarmyman. You touch other peoples infected
      tubsto pay for a car. Hopefully you wash your hands and body to
      get rid of the disgusting filth!!!!!!
      Successful businessmen don’t waste time with filthy tubs like you do.
      They don’t have the time to work with filth like that…
      and tothink that people close to you let youinthe office or even in
      a house after screwing with that diseased…filthy crap you deal with.
      You’re not successful…you’re a low life!!
      You’re winner? wrong…you’re a l o s e r!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I’m around successsful business people all day…none of them would even
      come close to the filth you work with!!!!!!!! try again!
      And i’m willing to bet that cook made more in one week right now than
      you make in 5years..
      as far as vegas….sure …dream on smarmyman……vegas loves suckers
      like youat the tables……you’re b.s.

  4. Glenn says:

    If you don’t think the recording executives see this guy as another hillbilly to exploit whilst the execs rake in the dough, THINK AGAIN. It is extremely difficult, even with the recording contract, for the artist to make any substantial money. He’ll have to TOUR NON-STOP, and….this is very important….not spend any money while on tour..or, like Smartman says, he’ll find himself owing money to them. Good luck to Tate. He’s from the Midwest. He has no clue what it’s like to be in the shark industry…aka..the music business.

  5. Harry Balczak says:

    Can we call him “Taint” Stevens?

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