“Ugh, there were so many things the insecure teenager me…

“Ugh, there were so many things the insecure teenager me overcame, but coming from high school and home, I could count on one hand how many people I called friends and those that had an opinion of me. Stepping on that X Factor stage, the numbers tripled on both ends. It was challenging to balance what’s grounded me, at home and who I was at work. But thanks to my rock — my family — they continually remind me of how this all came about.”

“I’d rather be happy and broke.I remember just having ramen…

“I’d rather be happy and broke.I remember just having ramen every night and not complaining about one thing. I’m glad that I went through that, because it hasn’t changed me even though I kinda got money now. It’s very important you don’t lose yourself.”