America’s Got Talent welcomed 20-year-old Jonathan Allen to the show’s New Orleans auditions yesterday, and boy, were they in for an emotional few minutes!
The very talented singer took to the stage to perform a STELLAR rendition of Andrea Bocelli’s Time To Say Goodbye, but it was Jonathan’s backstory that melted our hearts before he even grabbed the mic.
This youngin’s parents forced him to move out of their home on his 18th birthday because they disapproved of his gay lifestyle. So horrible!
“My parents, they didn’t really support my lifestyle… I haven’t seen my parents in about two and a half years. I love them with all my heart. I don’t know if they still love me. It’s been difficult and music is what makes me feel like I belong.”
“In my darkest moments I can escape through music. I want them to see what I’ve done with my life, and I’m not a bad person for being who I am… I want them to see that. I just hope I can make them proud.”
Following his performance, judge Howie Mandel told Jonathan:
“Your own family disowned you, but with your talent, this show has become your family, and we'd like to say ‘welcome home. We love you. We accept you. And we're so proud that you came here.’”
Ch-ch-check out his AH-MAZING performance (above)!!
We just hope his parents were watching!!