American Idol alum Jim Verraros is getting married on Sunday in a splashy Chicago wedding
Jim Verraros and his fiancee Bill Brennan will tie the knot in Chicago.
Jim, 26, starred in the first two Eating Out movies and was a finalist during the first season of American Idol. He and Bill, 42, met in 2005 on, of all places, MySpace, and discovered that they only lived 20 minutes apart from each other in the Chicago area.
“The whole blond-haired, blue-eyed thing piqued my interest,” Jim said when we chatted recently. “He’s very warm and down to earth. We talked seven hours that first night, I moved in a couple of months later and never left.”
They were two-and-half years into their relationship when Bill, president of Bridal Expo Chicago, pulled a white gold ring with eight diamonds out of his pocket.
“Being a gay male in this day and ag,e you don’t really think about marriage,” Jim admitted. “He’s in the business and he really wanted to have a wedding,. Everything changed for me when I met.”
On a website dedicated to their wedding, Bill said: “As with many couples who first start dating, we had some bumps in the road that first year. But we worked through them and became a better couple because of those bumps. When I proposed to Jim nearly a year and a half ago, I knew I found my soul mate and my best friend. I look back to November of 2005 and remember the kind of person I was back then and how incomplete I felt. Finding Jim has changed me and has helped me become a better person. And most of all, I have never felt more complete or fulfilled than in any time I have walked this earth.”
“People say, ‘Why are you even doing it if it’s not even legal?’ We don’t have to wait for the government to tell us it’s okay, we’re doing it anyway. It’s more about our family and friends and people we care about witnessing something that is true and beautiful. It’s important for us to see our family to see something that is very traditional. Hopefully we will begin to create a movement. You can still have a wedding and no one has to tell you you cant do it.”
Jim plans to sing to Bill at tomorrow’s festivities and they have gone all out with such things as an ice sculpture bar with the MGM lions carved at the bottom and a 10-piece orchestra. Each of their fathers will serve as their best man.
Jim the groom is a bit more buff than Jim the Idol contestant. He has added 20 pounds of muscle to his frame through intensive workouts.
“You get to a point in your life when you are ready for a change and you get to it,” he said. “I changed my diet and threw myself in the gym to see how far I could take my body, I got tired of being that geeky dork from the Eating Out movies.”
Jim has released some albums and is still keeping active musically:”I just put two songs on iTunes off the record., playing it by ear and giving it to fans still interested in following me….no pressure, I have my life, the fans have always been supprtive.”