June 6, 2007 Darryl Worley has taken a bold step to show people what hes all about: posing nude for Playgirl magazine. Darryl tells The Tennessean he agreed to the photo shoot for the July issue in an attempt to change his image.
"We've been trying to change people's perception of me for a couple of years now," he says. "Just because of a couple of hits, I got in a groove where people thought of me as a clean, pristine, All-American perfect guy, and that's not who I am. As it says in my new single, "People say he's a crazy son of a gun.' I live a little bit out there on the edge, and most people who know me know that."
While the photo spread contains no full frontal nudity, there are several shots of Darryls backside, a magazine spokeswoman says. Darryl jokes with his friends, "That was something I did before I stopped drinking."
More seriously, the 6-foot-6-inch Darryl says he feels comfortable with his body. "I always work real hard to keep myself in pretty decent shape," he says. "I'm not ashamed of how I look. I'm 42 years old; I feel pretty good about myself. For the first time in my life, I'm getting control of myself and feeling comfortable with who I am, inside and out."
Darryl also hopes the publicity generated by the photos will keep him in the public eye until he negotiates a new record deal, as his former label recently folded. "It might be the craziest thing I've ever done, but I don't think it will hurt me," he says. "The phones are ringing."