Ever wonder what happened to Ted Williams, the homeless man with the “Golden Voice,” after he was plucked out of obscurity and thrust into the viral limelight?
It’s been just over a year since Williams became a star, after a YouTube video featuring the then-homeless Columbus, Ohio man presented his pitch-perfect, classic radio voice to the world. Entertainment Tonight caught up with the Williams to see how the past year has dramatically changed the former panhandler’s life.
In the video, Williams shows off his spacious home that he shares with his girlfriend and sober living coach, saying he’s still in disbelief: “A year ago today I was living in tents, under bridges, smoking crack, doing all the wild things—now this is where I live. I have a fireplace.” He also has a walk-in closet that doubles as a recording booth, where he records his spots for his job as the official voice of the New England Cable News.
The past year has been a busy one; in addition to going to rehab twice, Williams has been working with Entertainment Tonight (whose producers also helped him with achieving sobriety), landed a voice over spot in a Kraft Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese commercial last year, and is set to release a book chronicling his story this May.
“What a difference a year makes,” he said. “It’s a ‘hallelujah’ moment every day I wake up.”