Rachel Crow, a 13-year-old finalist on Simon Cowell's new FOX singing contest series "The X Factor," used to live in a "crack house" when she was a baby, before she was adopted by a Colorado couple, reports say.
The teenager's birth mother used cocaine when she was pregnant with Crowe, who "lived in a crack house when she was very young," E! News quoted a show producer as saying. A FOX spokesperson declined to comment.
Colorado woman Barbara Crow and her husband Kelly told the New York Post that they adopted the girl when she was an infant. They said the process was coordinated by Social Services and that they do not know the identity of her birth parents.
"She was born a crack baby and actually lived in a crack house and suffered a lot of abuse," Barbara Crow told the newspaper. "It is not like entering into a typical private adoption. This is where parental rights were terminated, and the child suffered a lot of abuse."
The New York Post also posted a photo showing Rachel Crow, her adoptive parents and another child sitting at a table.
"I have two amazing parents already," it quoted the "X Factor" contestant as saying. "It is crazy because everybody is like, 'She is not your real mom.' And I am like, 'Yeah, she is!'"
"The X Factor" premiered in September and is down to 11 contestants. The bubbly, curly-haired teenager is a fan favorite who has impressed the judges and the show's audience with performances of songs such as "Where Did Our Love Go" by The Supremes, "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves and Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind."
Rachel Crow's reported troubled past has not been showcased on "the X Factor," which plans to award its winner $5 million. She told the New York Post in a video interview that if she wins, she plans to buy her family a "nice house" and "build a foundation for foster kids."