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!”
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.