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‘X Factor’ Darling Rachel Crow Survived Drug and Child Abuse Before Adoption

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Despite being one of the youngest remaining contestants on ‘X Factor,’ Rachel Crow may have the most interesting history — and could be one of the most mature to boot. The New York Post reports that the budding star was born into a drug addled, abusive household before being adopted.

“She came to us through Social Services,” Barbara Crow, Rachel’s adoptive mother, told the Post. “In situations like that, it is a little more dangerous, so they keep everything sealed.” Barbara told the paper that she’s never been in contact with Rachel’s birth parents, and perhaps with good reason — but it doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to confront them about their transgressions. “It is not like entering into a typical private adoption. This is where parental rights were terminated, and the child suffered a lot of abuse,” says Barbara. “I would just like 10 minutes with them.”

Rachel has no interest in seeing her birth parents, either. “I have two amazing parents already,” she told the newspaper. “It is crazy because everybody is like, ‘She is not your real mom.’ And I am like, ‘Yeah, she is!'”

“She was born a crack baby and actually lived in a crack house and suffered a lot of abuse,” Barbara said. That’s some heavy stuff, but you’d never be able to tell Rachel went through it if her family didn’t come forward. “She is totally unaffected by it,” Barbara said. “She never looks at [her past] in a sad way. She looks at it as that is what made her the person she is.”

If she wins the $5 million from ‘X-Factor,’ Rachel wants to give back to others who may have been in her shoes. The cherubic sensation said, “I want to build a foundation that makes them feel good about themselves — whether they want to sing or act or whether they want be in sports or go to Harvard,” she said.”“I want to make sure they get to chase their dreams.”

She’s come a long way and continues to walk on sunshine — and look adorable the whole time! We could all learn a thing or two from Rachel.

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