Candice Glover Talks Insecurities, Gives Advice on Self-Esteem [Exclusive]
The American Idol winner admits to falling victim to self-doubt
Posted: 12/18/2013 12:15 PM EST
This year, Candice Glover won over millions of hearts on American Idol with her soulful, jazzy voice, and was deservingly crowned its winner, making her the first woman to do so since Jordin Sparks in 2007.
Now, Glover is ready to share her voice and her music with the world. Her debut album, Music Speaks, is set to be released on Feb. 18 and her new single,"Cried," written by Jazmine Sullivan, is making a splash in the industry.
But what many fans may not know is that behind all the glitz and glamour, Glover admits she suffered with insecurities and at one point fell victim to haters. In an exclusive sit-down interview with Centric, Glover says she didn’t always feel confident in herself.
“I dealt with [insecurity] a lot, and being on the show, when you put yourself out there like that on TV, people are so cruel and so jealous, so they say whatever to you to make you feel as low as they feel,” Glover said.
The South Carolina native said that at one point she allowed negative opinions of the show and her ability to do well in the industry get to her. “A lot of people doubt me because I was on American Idol. Some think it’s just a cheesey talent show and doubt that my album is going to do well,” she said.
“At first I would go to mom in tears like, ‘I don’t know if this is something I can do. People are going to tease me, what if I don’t sell X amount of copies?’”
But the singer says she just wants to connect to others, and if her music can help people who, too, deal with self-doubt, that’s all that matters.
“People tell me, ‘You have saved my life or you saved my daughter’s life because she was not confident, she would not go outside without a jacket on,’” the singer revealed. “Someone told me they were in the bathroom about to drink rat poisoning until they heard me on TV. I think just the fact that I’m helping people is enough. I only have to sell one copy, as long as I help that one person.”
The 24-year-old also has a message for people who may not feel confident in themselves, particularly those who do not feel beautiful.
“Get in front of the mirror and talk to yourself and tell yourself, ‘I Am Beautiful’,” she says. “That was actually my first song and I really love the words to that song because it encourages a lot of people to feel beautiful. Everyone is beautiful in their own way.”
But just in case you’re wondering, Glover says she follows her own advice. “Being more confident, I literally had to look in the mirror and pick out something that I liked about myself. Focus on that, then the next day focus on another thing. Before you know it you’ll like everything about yourself.”
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