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(Video) Gabourey Sidibe Mom Singing For Money In The Subway

Gabourey Sidibe is making her way on red carpet events, while her mother, Alice Tan Ridley is singing in subways for money three days a week. Quite a contrast! Ms. Ridley’s voice is what actually lead to Gabby playing the part of Precious. Read the details below:

When asked why she is working in the subway now that her daughter is break-through success, Ms. Ridley simple said:

“My name is not on Gabby’s paycheck. For a while, I was teaching and doing the singing, burning the candle at both ends to support my family.”

She eventually made subway singing a full-time job. “When I come home at the end of the day, I have enough to pay my bills and feed my kids,” she said.

“People always say, ‘Why don’t you sing in clubs?’ I tell ’em, ‘This is my club.’ ”

Her singing helped pave the way for her daughter’s breakout in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.”

Four years ago, they asked me to play the part of the mother,” Ridley said. “But being a mom and teacher, I just couldn’t play that part. It was just too hard. …I read the book, and I gave it to Gabby. Her friends encouraged her to try out for ‘Precious,’ and she got it,” she added. {Source}

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