When is the price of fame too high?
For 43-year-old wannabe rocker Kris, who has been chasing his dream of being a rock and roll superstar his entire life, there is no price he says he wouldn’t pay to be famous.
“I’m addicted to fame. I’m addicted to wanting to be somebody. My addiction is a drug. That feeling you get when you perform, the adulation, it’s like no other,” Kris explains on Friday’s Dr. Phil.
Now, after manipulating family and friends out of more than an estimated $1.7 million to pay for music equipment, instruments, cars, clothes and more, Kris says he’s on the verge of losing everything and turns to Dr. Phil for advice.
“I’ve sacrificed everything. My rock career hasn’t worked out the way I thought it would. Maybe it’s not meant to be,” Kris admits.
Dr. Phil surprises Kris – who says he’s just weeks away from being kicked out of his parents’ house and being homeless – with his rock and roll hero Gene Simmons of KISS who, along with Dr. Phil, Kris’ parents and his ex-fiancee, serves up some tough love for the would-be entertainer.
“I’m here to tell you that being delusional about yourself and [thinking], ‘I have this dream and I’m God’s gift,’ that’s great. And I support you and I hope you do become the next Elvis,” Gene tells Kris. “But get a damn job and pay back everybody all their money.”
Dr. Phil agrees, echoing the KISS frontman’s sentiments.
“If this is your dream, do whatever you can afford,” Dr. Phil says to Kris. “You don’t bleed [your mother] over here and use the fact that she loves you against her. If you want to be a rock star, great. Pay the freight!”
Dr. Phil continues, “If you can’t take $1.7 million and get some traction, you’re either the dumbest marketer in the history of the world – or – you just don’t have what the public is looking for.”
This episode of Dr. Phil airs Friday. Watch more here.