After it was revealed that former “American Idol” host Brian Dunkleman is driving for Uber in order to make ends meet in his divorce from his wife, publicist Kalea Dunkleman, the former TV star explained how he came to drive for the company.
“I chose to stop doing standup comedy and started driving an Uber so I could be there for my son as much as he needed after our life as we knew it was destroyed,” Dunkleman tweeted Thursday night.
He also shared his weekly earnings from Uber, which in legal documents state he earns about $800 per week, but on Twitter, he revealed a different amount.
“And I make over a grand on a good week motherf–kers,” he tweeted.
Dunkleman’s apparent girlfriend, a woman named Andrea, also took to Twitter to defend him by sharing a picture of herself in a white bikini and wrote, “This is what an Uber driver’s girlfriend looks like … #ImInLoveWithAnUberDriver.”
The former “American Idol” host is in the midst of a brutal custody fight with his estranged wife. The sparring spouses filed for divorce in 2016 and have accused each other in court papers of being physically abusive and addicted to alcohol.
Dunkleman said he quit “American Idol” in protest of how contestants were treated and since has performed as a stand-up comic and in various reality-TV shows, including “Celebrity Fit Club.”