American Idol reduced his gay grandpa to tears during Sunday night’s episode.Country singer Jon Wayne Hatfield auditioned for judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.
The 21-year-old from Goshen, Ohio, told them that his grandparents had raised him since the age of five as his mom struggled with addiction issues.“I lost my grandma about three years ago.
After losing her, watching my grandpa was the hardest thing. He lost his best friend in 50 years. He wouldn’t talk to anybody for about the first year and a half, not even me,” Hatfield recalled.“I got mad at myself because I couldn’t fix it, and he wasn’t ready, and I understand that.
I didn’t see what he was actually going through.”It seems grandpa Ray was going through more than his grandson realized. He was struggling with coming out as gay following the passing of his wife.