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X Factor star Rachel Crow has more of an emotional backstory than show producers have revealed.
The birth mother of the 13-year-old fan favorite used cocaine while she was pregnant, and Rachel lived in a crack house when she was very young, a show producer confirms to E! News.
The singing sensation "suffered a lot of abuse" before social services placed her in foster care, her adoptive mom, Barbara Crow, reportedly told the New York Post.
So what's Rachel saying about her childhood?
The singer has no interest in meeting her birth parents, she says, because she considers the couple who adopted her to be her real parents.
"I have two amazing parents already," she said. "It is crazy because everybody is like, 'She's not your real mom.' And I am like 'Yeah, she is!'"
Barbara says her daughter is unfazed by her turbulent early childhood.
"She was born a crack baby and actually lived in a crack house and suffered a lot of abuse," Barbara told the Post. "But she is totally unaffected by it. She never looks at it in a sad way. She looks at it as that is what made her the person she is."
Barbara, a former hospital counselor, said that Rachel came to the family as a foster child at 6 months old and she and her husband formally adopted her a year later. The identity of Rachel's birth parents is unknown, and Rachel has no interest in meeting them.
"It's not like entering into a typical private adoption. This is where parental rights were terminated, and the child suffered a lot of abuse," Barbara said. "In situations like that, it is a little more dangerous, so they keep everything sealed."
Although X Factor producers have not featured Rachel's backstory on the show, the eighth-grader is opening up about it herself, saying she wants to help other foster kids.
"I want to build a foundation that makes them feel good about themselves," she says. "I want to make sure they get to chase their dreams."