If The Voice was a high school, Danielle Bradbery very well might win “Most Popular.” The adorable blonde with a country twang has won over fans, the judges and her fellow competitors alike. But even with all those positive things, the 16-year-old is already finding that it’s lonely in the spotlight.
“She used to have tons of friends,” her father, Danny Bradbery tells RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview. “But she’s lost a lot of them since this all began. Because of the jealousy.”
Danielle stopped attending class at Texas’ Cypress High after her road to The Voice started last June, and sadly she’s seen friends dropping away ever since.
“I just keep telling her she’s finding out who her true friends are,” Bradbery told Radar.
And even though she’s a shining star onstage, with coach Blake Shelton‘s help, her dad says she’s used to nursing a secret pain. When her parents divorced nine years ago, “It was difficult for Danielle,” her dad reveals. “She tends to hold things in, so she didn’t say anything to me, but I know it bothered her.”
In singing, she found her escape. “When she was five years old, she would be singing in he room, but as soon as I would turn the corner she would stop singing,” he remembers, laughing. “She never performed. She was too shy.”
Then, in June 2009, she finally screwed up her courage to perform at a local church bazaar, and the rest is history.
Shortly after that, she performed at a festival called Cy-Fest while the band was moving around equipment for the other band to come on, Bradbery explains. “Afterwards, people were asking for her autograph and that’s when she realized that’s what she wanted to do for her career.”
And the rest is reality show history.
See her first performance at the church bazaar in the video below.