Jeremy Meeks, the convicted felon turned model who has been called â€œPrison Bae,â€ has opened up in a rare interview about his time behind bars and plans for the future.
Meeks, also labeled â€œHot Felon,â€ sat down with Chelsea Grayson for herÂ â€œWhatâ€™s Your Waterâ€ podcastÂ for a raw, unflinching, hour-plus-long chat about his troubled childhood; co-parenting his own kids with ex-wife Melissa Meeks and his ex-fiancee, Topshop heiress Chloe Green; and the hard and rough realities of prison life, including a stint in the SHU next to Charles Manson.
Meeks, now 35, is a former member of the Crips who was arrested in 2014 during a gang sweep in Stockton, Calif. His mug shot went viral and became a meme on social media due to Meeksâ€™ attractiveness.
Upon his release in March 2016, Meeks began a modelling career.
During the interview, Meeks recalled sitting in solitary confinement and having a reckoning with himself. â€œWhy did you put all these tattoos on you? You just made it to where you canâ€™t work, like you canâ€™t do nothing really with your life.â€
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He added, â€œIt hit me that I think I was afraid to fail.â€
Meeks also opened up about his viral fame and receiving â€œtwo, three hundred letters … every night. Theyâ€™re sending me thousands and thousands of dollars.â€
As someone joked to him, â€œCrime really does pay.â€
He also received contracts, but he noted, â€œI had never seen a contract in my life. It was French to me.â€
And for someone who grew up in the projects, Meeks said, â€œI never thought anything like this was possible.â€
Meeks and Green recently split up and heâ€™s beenÂ seen with actress Erica Peeples.Â He has a son with Green as well as a son with his ex-wife. But heâ€™s hoping to have more kids in the future.
â€œI want a girl really bad,â€ he confessed.