When shirtless vacation photos of [artist id=”1941279″]Kris Allen[/artist] recently landed him on the pages of JustJared.Com (and later TMZ), the modest “American Idol”
season-eight winner was baffled that people would want to see what was hiding underneath his plaid shirts.
“I was pretty upset. It was like, ’Seriously?’ ” a visibly embarrassed Allen told MTV News during a recent New York tour stop.
The revealing pics were snapped in April when Kris and his band were hanging out at the pool before a Paradise Island gig in the Bahamas. “I knew it was probably going to happen. We’re in Atlantis, which is not the most secret place in the world. And we were trying to have a good time. People weren’t bothering us, but apparently they were taking sneaky pictures and selling them to the tabloids,” Allen said before joking, “I don’t know what they got off them, but I would like a cut.”
Kris wasn’t the only one caught in the paparazzo’s crossfire. One photo showed the singer with his younger brother Daniel and guitarist/keyboardist Cale Mills. “That made me feel better because I was like, ’Cale, you’re in here too, buddy. I’m not by myself,’ ” Allen said, happy to deflect some of the attention from his own “pasty” body.
“I’m so glad I didn’t make those photos,” Kris’ drummer, Ryland Steen, chimed in. “I think just my elbow was in one of them.”
Pasty or not, Kris’ band wasn’t so surprised that the bashful singer’s physique ended up being discussed and praised by radio DJs and on gossip sites. “He’s a hunky guy,” admitted Steen.
“As soon as we heard about it we went and tried to find [the photos],” Mills said. “You know how Google will give you suggestions? If you type in ’Kris Allen’ and hit a space, ’shirtless’ pops up. And we were like, ’Well, I’m guessing people have been looking for that before,” he laughed.
Although the Arkansas native garnered a lot of attention for showing a little skin, Kris isn’t interested in pushing the beefcake angle in order to get more headlines. “[The tabloid scene’s] not my thing, man. Although maybe it should be,” the laid-back singer quipped.
Kris’ bandmates have another idea. Drummer Steen announced, “Instead of doing our version of [Kanye West’s] ’Heartless,’ it’s going to be ’How could you be so shirtless’ from now on.”
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