"Sexy Felon" Jeremy Meeks Gives Interview After Becoming Internet Sensation, Wife Is Furious
The first pen-pal we've had since 6th grade has reacted to becoming an Internet sensation last week in a new interview with ABC News. Jeremy Meeks said that he learned from his wife that his mugshot had turned into a meme, with many fans Photoshopping his mug into fashion ads for Calvin Klein and Polo.
"I appreciate that," Meeks told ABC, "but I just want them to know, this isn't really me. I'm not some kingpin."
His wife doesn't appreciate it, though.
"She's upset. She's furious," Meeks' friend Simone Johnson CBS Sacremento. "Her man's in there, and people are taking it as a joke."
Police were also quick to remind swooning admirers that Meeks is a felon (who apparently doesn't deserve love?) who also served time for a 2002 grand theft conviction. But his family says that he's since turned his life around and devoted himself to his wife and kids. That's enough for most of the Internet, apparently.
"He's a man who learns from his mistakes," the heartthrob's brother said. "He got out of being incarcerated and put his mind on focus to his family and started doing what he had to do."
Until Friday, at least, when Meeks was arraigned on 11 felony counts, two days after his mugshot went viral. His bail has been raised to $1 million, and he's due back in court later this week.
(Source: ABC News; NYDN)