Red Carpets are the norm for season 5 America’s got talent finalist Jackie Evancho. For her sister Juilet though on Thursday night at the Lyme alliance inaugural gala it was a night of firsts. An event like this is a huge step for Juilet and that’s because Juilet is transgender.
In an exclusive sit down with People the Evancho family discussed their daughters journey. Born as a male named Jacob, Juliets mom Lisa recalls that growing up there was something different. Juilet would play with Barbies, dress up and ware makeup. In fact it was Lisa that said “maybe you’re transgender”.
Lisa also recalls staying up late into the night with her daughter Juilet doing research on transgendered children. Juilet tells of the events that night saying:I was up really late, I didn’t get any sleep because I was just so immersed in all of these different stories that people told. A lot of them resonated with me, and that was when I was like, ‘I’m transgender.’ I knew deep in me that this was not me, and I needed to make the change.”
Juilet discussed the moment she came out as transgender on her 17th birthday in May: “I came out to my family and extended family, and everyone has been so supportive, and it’s kicked off after that,” she says of sitting down with her family, including younger brother Zachary, now 13, and Rachel, now 12.
“It hasn’t been too long. But to me, it feels like it’s been forever because it’s just … I know this is me, and finally the rest of the world gets to see that.”
Juliet says her mom backed her immediately, making her feel more comfortable and helping her express her femininity, even when she was just 13.
“At the time, I had short hair … I was, just, not a pretty person,” says Juliet – who has long, flowing tresses today – with a smile. “She got me a wig, got me some clothes, and it was just a secret for a while.”
When discussing her sisters coming out story Jackie had this to say: “I actually cried because … what worried me was that she was going to get teased,” Jackie says. “She told me she was transgender, and I was actually very happy for her because she finally found herself, and she can be who she wants to be.”
Adds Jackie, with a laugh: “But at the same time, I was upset because I knew she would be a prettier girl than me, but that’s okay.” Jackie also discussed what it’s like having a sister: Now that there’s another girl in the house, there’s even more time spent fighting over the bathroom, the sisters joke.
“It’s not so much doing each other’s nails as fighting over the nail polish,” says Jackie. “We’ll do each other’s makeup, and we shop together.”
Juliet’s father Mike spoke on the processing stage about finding out about Juilet. “It’s almost like stages of mourning because I lost a son – but I gained a daughter,” says Mike, who found out Juliet was transgender around the time she was 14. “My brother put it best: ‘It’s just a skin suit. It’s about the person inside.’ It’s the same person on the inside, and that’s really all that matters.”
Adds her father: “You want happy children. The unhappiness was living as a male, knowing you’re a female inside.” Mike also had this to say about the negativity that many people within the LGBTQ community receive.
“Anybody that says, whether it’s transgender or homosexuality, is a choice? They don’t have their head screwed on tight enough,” says Mike. “It’s human nature to want to take an easy road, so why would someone choose to take the hard road knowing they’re going to face ridicule, knowing they’re not going to be accepted by everybody?”
The family hopes that Juilet’s story can be one of inspiration of making a difference but they know that’s always not the case “We let her know what was gonna happen: Some people were gonna embrace you as an inspiration; others are going to chastise you,” says Mike, who’s proud of his eldest for her bravery.
As it turns out, Juliet’s already encouraging change. This fall, she returned to public school, only this time as a female. “The school has been very impressed, and they wanted some guidance for potential future transgender students,” says Mike.
Overall, Juliet and her family will be happy exposing their very personal journey even if it just saves one life. The family is well aware that the transgender suicide rate is very high. The family concluded the interview with this, “Our hope is that by Juliet sharing her story and seeing that even a Catholic family such as ours can accept their child, that hopefully it can help at least one person learn to be able to accept who they truly are instead of going the way of suicide or trying to mask who they are on the inside with drugs and alcohol.
Listen To Jackie Evancho Sing “Somewhere” From Upcoming Album of Broadway Hits
Jackie Evancho has been on a huge comeback following revelations of personal struggles and her appearance on America’s Got Talent the champions. Now the 18-year-old singer is prepared to release a brand new album of Broadway hits. The album titled “The Debut” will be available on April 12 and now we get to hear for the first time a track from the album as she covers the classic “Somewhere”. The song was released exclusively on Billboard where she gave an interview discussing her return to AGT the new album and more.
Jackie was asked about her musical influences to which she told billboard.com she would like to have the career and Stage presence of Barbra Streisand and the business mind of Kim Kardashian. “I want to have the work ethic and cleverness that Kim Kardashian has with her business and I want to be able to write lyrics the way that the lead singer from Cage the Elephant does. I want to be able to do a bunch of different things.”
Jackie also has goals to expand beyond music saying she wants to have a clothing line, makeup line and just wants to become a businesswoman.
Jackie Evancho Talks Positive Fan Response After Opening Up About Struggles
Jackie Evancho chats with Access at the Macy’s Red Dress Collection fashion show at New York Fashion week about walking her first runway! Plus, Jackie gushes about the fan support she’s received since opening up her struggles with childhood stardom.
Jackie Evancho’s AGT Champions Performance Was Edited and She’s Not Happy
Jackie Evancho has revealed that her America’s Got Talent Champions performance was edited. The revelation was shared on her social media Monday night following the airing of the episode on NBC.
“Thank you for the love and support over my AGT performance tonight. I’m very proud but I’m sorry you didn’t get to hear my most favorite part and the highest notes of the performance that was edited out! I’m bummed.”
Jackie performed a rendition of Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera.
Thank you for the love and support over my @AGT performance tonight. Im very proud but I'm sorry you didn't get to hear my most favorite part & the highest notes of the performance that was edited out! I'm bummed 😢
— jackie evancho (@jackieevancho) February 5, 2019
Jackie Evancho Ready For Redemption on AGT Champions
Jackie Evancho returned to America’s Got Talent On Monday night’s episode of America’s Got Talent The Champions. The former AGT runner-up says that she returned to the show where it all started for a second chance to win. She reveals that when she lost in 2010 at the age of ten that she assumed her life was going to go back to normal not realizing that she would go on to release platinum-selling albums and perform around the world.
“Being on America’s Got Talent The Champions it’s a big deal for me personally. Ever since I became second place I wanted to have one more shot. If I was named the winner it would be like redeeming the first round. And that is exactly what I’m going to do.” Jackie said in the pre-performance video introduction.
Jackie performed Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera. She will release a new album in April titled “The Debut” which will feature a collection of modern Broadway hits.
WATCH: Jackie Evancho Performs “Music of The Night” On America’s Got Talent The Champions
NBC has released Jackie Evancho’s emotional performance on America’s Got Talent The Champions. The episode airs on Monday, February 4th but you can check out Jackie’s incredible performance now.
The 18-year-old who was the runner-up on America’s Got Talent in 2010 has been in the news in recent weeks after revealing her personal battle with an eating disorder and the dark side of fame. Jackie took the stage and performed “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera.
Reflecting on the performance Jackie shares that it really does feel like home and she didn’t realize how much she actually missed being on the AGT stage. We’ll have to wait until Monday night to learn if Jackie made it through to the finals.
Jackie Evancho is one of the most popular acts to come from the talent competition she competed at the age of 10 and has become one of the most recognizable voices in the classical crossover genre.
Jackie Evancho “The Debut” Gets April Release
The upcoming album from Jackie Evancho titled “The Debut” which will feature a collection of modern Broadway hits is set to be released this spring.
The album features 10 tracks of covers from popular musicals. it will be the first album since Evancho revealed her struggle with an eating disorder in January and follows her highly-anticipated appearance on NBC’s America’s got to The Champions. Jackie was the runner-up in the talent competition back in 2010 and has since become an international sensation in classical crossover. Jackie is now 18 years old and recently moved to New York and ready for a fresh start in what she is calling her “Year of Truth”.
Songs on the upcoming album include well-known hits such as “A Million Dreams”, “Somewhere”, “I’m Not That Girl” and more. View the full track listing below.
Jackie Evancho “The Debut” will be available April 12, 2019, and you can pre-order now.
2. A MILLION DREAMS
3. FALLING SLOWLY
6. ONCE UPON A DECEMBER
7. I’M NOT THAT GIRL
8. SHE USED TO BE MINE
10. ANOTHER DAY/NO DAY BUT TODAY
Jackie Evancho Talks Eating Disorder Says She Went “Days Without Eating”
Jackie Evancho continues her media appearances in what she is calling her “Year of Truth”. She appeared on access to further discuss the revelation that she has been battling an eating disorder.
Jackie first went public with the eating disorder earlier this week during an exclusive interview with ABC’s Good Morning America. In this new interview, she tells Access that she went days without eating.
The former America’s Got Talent runner-up who competed in the competition in 2010 at the age of 10 will appear on America’s Got Talent the Champions February 4th. Jackie is now 18 and living in New York and says she is ready to be honest. Jackie will be releasing a new album later this year titled “Jackie Evancho the Debut” which will feature covers of modern Broadway hits.
Jackie Evancho Appears on ABC’s Good Morning America Reveals Struggle With Eating Disorder
Jackie Evancho was on Good Morning America Tuesday revealing for the first time that she has been battling an eating disorder. The exclusive interview follows a post on her Facebook where she opened up about the dark side of being famous. This is all part of what Jackie is calling her “honesty” media tour.
Jackie will appear on NBC’s America’s Got Talent The Champions on February 4th.
Jackie Evancho’s Message to Fans – Ready For New Beginnings
Singer Jackie Evancho has posted a message on her social media on Wednesday morning about starting the next chapter of her life. You can read the message in its entirety below.
TO NEW BEGINNINGS…
“With the onset of a New Year and me entering adulthood as a 18 year old moving to New York, I felt the need to put this out into the universe as a way of continuing the healing process I’m on. I no longer have the fear to stay silent. People often still think of me as a child star, and that isn’t easy to shake off. I just performed on NBC’s AGT’s The Champions and it allowed me to reflect on my journey – the reason I wanted to do the show was to walk onto that stage as a young woman and show the world I am no longer a child.
A lot of people hear “10 year old singer” and immediately feel bad for me. There is a lot of stigma around being a child entertainer mainly because of the past experiences that have been thrust into the spot light by paparazzi and tabloids. I’ll admit that there are a lot of aspects that aren’t so glamorous about being a child in the music industry but there’s a lot that I’m thankful for and would never change. I am glad that I am a performer and that that’s how I make my living, but growing up that way wasn’t easy. My parents were smart about every decision they had made for me. They tried to balance work and downtime by being very strict about what they had said yes to. The part that I never understood as a child was why I had to give up parts of an ordinary life that I enjoyed to pursue this extraordinary one instead. Through the years I have developed some flaws and battled some demons, from being sheltered from aspects of a “normal” child’s life. I am extremely awkward and shy around those my age. I trust absolutely no one unless they are family or have passed through years of my life without hurting me in some way. There is also a sadness in me from growing up basically alone. My mother wasn’t well when we traveled together, she would sleep a lot because otherwise she would be hurting and nauseous and I wanted my mom to feel better so I never complained. That meant that at 5pm in the afternoon, she would go to bed for the night and I’d be alone in a hotel room without anything to do. Needless to say the cabin fever drove me to tears. I love my mom so much and she only has my best interest at heart but I understood battling chronic illness is totally debilitating.
Throughout my childhood I was also facing another reality – that there were men out there who wanted to hurt me. Some even went to the extreme of claiming they were priests and other disarming occupations to gain trust and easy access backstage, but clearly their intentions weren’t so pure. There was also this assumption that I was a stuck up diva when I had returned to school which left me isolated even in social areas because no one wanted to be my friend. There was the fear of stalkers and other dangers of being in the spotlight that my family and I had to deal with. All these things were terrible as a child and yet I’m still here performing and loving it. A lot of people may ask “Why?” and I say it’s my path, my dream, and my passion, with a fire inside of me when I perform. I’ve learned that there is a lot about the world that is sad. That’s just life, but there are also many beautiful parts of life that I cherish and focus on.
I’m now 18 and responsible for my own life – a young adult. I now live in New York where I can focus more on work and also live in a creative environment – I want to learn and grow. I like making my own decisions, and while listening to the people close to me, I’m ultimately steering my own ship. My love for music is profound – it’s what drives me and transforms me. I’ve learned and been through so much, but this is my journey and I look forward to a bright future for the next phase of my life.”