Worst parents in the world raise best kid in the world (video)

Jonathan Allen, 20, was kicked out of his home at the age of 18 by his parents who refused to accept the fact that he was gay. Allen is unemployed and trying to pursue his dream, singing. And boy can this kid sing.

The sweet, yet sad, thing is that Jonathan is still trying to prove to his parents that he’s a good kid. Real parents don’t need proof.

The worst parents in the world gave birth to the best kid in the world.


Jonathan Allen, 20, auditions for America’s Got Talent. He was kicked out of his home two years ago by his parents because he’s gay.

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60 Responses to “Worst parents in the world raise best kid in the world (video)”

  1. memi says:

    and you big fat liar…. how coul he have taken a minor?? he was 18 when he got kicked out/let or whatever… meaning everything he did prior to that, he did it being a minor to.

  2. memi says:

    still you need to be a shitty parent and a terrble person to let go of your child. parents are here to guide their children, no to give up on them. terrible people those parents of his.

  3. mar says:

    still, good parents don’t give up on their children. that family do not deserve this amazing guy in the family. kicking somedy out for being gay? or anything… ON HIS 18th birthday?? what kind of person does that… THE WORST. that is unforgivable. horrible parents, terrible, terrible. every teenager goes through fases, some worse than others, and parents are there to guide you, not to abandon you, and kick you out…. there is no excuse for what they have done. really horrible, awful people. shame on them.

  4. Fed Up With Conservatives says:


  5. Mom says:

    My daughter was friends with Jonathan when this happened and his parents and us spent a lot of time together. And no , permission was not given. He did not have a driving license. because of his behavior he had not been allowed to get them. This happed the start of his senior year. And moved out the first part of the last semester. He was to do community service for this and was a no show for that too. My child tried to help him and he used her for attention. He likes the attention. This couple adopted him and tried to give him everything he needed and/or wanted. Jonathan has been heard saying the “gay act” allows him closer to girls and they don’t mind him around because they think he’s not interested. Now all of this aside, he is an awesome singer. I have been blessed to hear him sing a wide range of styles and is excellent at all. He just need to mature a little and move on. And yes this is all things him and I have talked about. I wish him the best of luck and as I have told him before, Your welcome to come over and talk if you need.

  6. mom says:

    I know this boy and his parents. There is ALOT more to this story. Mr. Jonathan was always in trouble for something…..stealing fathers truck when he did not have a driving license and was missing for a week. He was found 80 miles away living in a storage building at a Lowe’s. Jonathan has been heard saying the “gay act” allows him closer to girls and they don’t mind him around because they think he’s not interested. I could go on and on and this was in a years time period. The parents tried, and I believe giving him an option was to try and wake him up. It back fired. Jonathan was adopted by this couple when he was a baby. Now all of this aside, he is an awesome singer. I have been blessed to hear him sing a wide range of styles and is excellent at all. He just need to mature a little and move on. And yes this is all things him and I have talked about.

  7. maddie1019 says:

    There are so many people out there wishing that you had a better life. We all know that you deserve better. We all love you, and WE are willing to be your family. Your parents have no clue what they are missing out on.

  8. Courtney A. says:

    Not all of his family is against him! There are many of us out there watching the show and supporting him on! I may not have seen him since I was a younger girl! But he does have talent and me and my parents wish the best for him.! Just know johnathan you have cousins aunts and uncles that support you all over the country and also the fans are your family! Your grandparents told us all about your achievements! We know your gonna go far no matter what! But just remember you still have family out there that’ll support you on! From your cousins down in the Midwest :)!

  9. Loomer says:

    Isn’t the whole purpose of the television show America’s Got Talent to be judged? He knew that going in.

  10. Lburg says:

    That is the most ridiculous thing I have read. Because they live close to the birthplace of the KKK then that means Lawrenceburg backed his parents? Are you serious? Lawrenceburg, Tennessee also has many races, cultures, and colors. They’re not stuck in the 1800s like you want to believe. :)

    Just so you know many people in Lawrenceburg support him. They are proud of him(including myself), and then there are many that know more about him being “kicked out” then what Jonathan told. Yes, there is another side to the story, and one that doesn’t make him look so wholesome. .I can’t help but wonder why the media isn’t talking to his parents though. They have a right to give their side. Yet we have heard nothing about it.

    As far as the story goes about Jonathan taking off for a few days with a minor that did happen. Early in 2011 I do believe. There would at least be a missing persons report. I am assuming that would still be on record.

  11. Shut up. I have children his age. His parents need a big ass whupping with a bigass stick.

  12. What a voice. Moved me to tears. What a fine young man.

  13. houstonray says:

    That video moved me to tears. Nice job Jonathan!! We’re ALL your family now!

    Thanks for posting John. Made my night.

  14. DrDignity says:

    Jonathan, We would be proud to adopt you & be your fathers. Damiano & Drew

  15. karmanot says:

    OMG! You must be his Momma.

  16. Ninong says:

    “…and took a minor for three days.” Don’t you mean “he and another minor” took off in his dad’s truck? Until you turn 18, you’re a minor.

    Maybe you have a link to the police report? Otherwise it’s just gossip, probably from someone who thinks all gays are going to hell.

  17. karmanot says:

    Especially if the maker is a big Black Latina Lesbian goddess.

  18. karmanot says:

    knowing you are Irish, I’ll never give you a down arrow again. Hell, we could be cousins.

  19. karmanot says:

    What, you live next door? More—links?

  20. Judge Not says:

    None of us know this young man’s full story (nor that of his parents). It is not for us to judge him, or them. It is highly evident is that Jonathan Allen has been gifted with amazing talent. i hope he will use that talent to bring himself (and us) much joy. Also hope that he and his parents are able to agree to love and support each other, no matter what.

  21. AKA says:

    Too bad most everything he said is a lie. Too bad not one word was said about how he stole from his parents, stole his dad’s truck and wallet and took a minor for three days until cops found him, or all the money his parents put into all singing classes, or the fact that he chose to leave, not forced to. But we fail to ever hear both sides of any story.

  22. fritzrth says:

    So, his parents have known for years what a great gift they had been given in this young man, and threw him out anyway. Religion.

  23. fritzrth says:

    Me, too. And so many others.

  24. dcinsider says:

    I’d say regretful indifference is more than he’s entitled to. We don’t have to hold on to hate, but it’s perfectly accepted to nurse a good grudge. We call it Irish Alzheimer’s: you forget everything except the grudges.

    Forgive, maybe. Forget, never.

  25. Max_1 says:

    I’ve lived it…

  26. George Melby says:

    The racists of whom you speak make me ashamed to be a white, American! Only by the grace of God do I hope they grow up and see the light before they meet their Maker! But I doubt it… very much doubt it!

  27. dula says:

    Wow I’m impressed with his humility. Often times people made to feel worthless try to go from less than to better than with a fabulous arrogance. This guy is grounded in unassuming confidence.

  28. Ninong says:

    Sounds like your sister is a high-priced hooker.

  29. KNotere6488 says:

    Thanks John, this made up for the dead turtle and kittens. :) Yay balance!

    Seriously though, who doesn’t want to hunt that kid down and give him a big fat hug?

  30. Ninong says:

    Yes, it was in Italian. It was Con Te Partirò, Time to Say Goodbye (literally With You I Will Leave). It’s Andrea Bocelli’s theme song. English translation of lyrics for just the first couple of lines: “There is no light if you are not here with me. Lands that I never shared with you, I shall experience with you on ships across seas that exist no more. With you, I will go. I know you are with me, my bini, my suomi.”

    Italian lyrics, in full:

    Quando sono solo sognoal-l’orizzontee mancan le parole
    Si lo so che non c’e luce in una stanza quando mancail sole
    Se non ci sei tu con me, con me
    Su le finestre mostraa tuttiil mio cuore che hai accesso
    Chiudi dentro me, la luce che haiincontrato per strada.

    Con te partirò
    Paesi che non ho mai
    Vedutoe vissuto con te
    Adesso si li vivrò con te partirò?
    Su navi per mari
    Che io lo so
    No no non esistono più?
    Con te io li vivrò.

    Quando sei lontana sognoal-l’orizzontee mancan le parole
    E io sì lo so che sei con me con me
    Tu mia luna tu sei qui con me
    Mio sole tu sei qui con me
    Con me, con me, con me.

    Con te partirò
    Paesi che non ho mai
    Vedutoe vissuto con te
    Adesso si li vivrò con te partirò?
    Su navi per mari
    Che io lo so
    No no non esistono più?
    Con te io li vivrro con te partirò?
    Su navi per mari
    Che io lo so
    No no non esistono più?
    Con te io li vivrò?
    Con te partirò.
    Io con te.

  31. Ninong says:

    “You Raise Me Up,” sung by Jonathan Allen, Crockett Theater, Lawrenceburg, TN, February 10, 2011:

  32. keirmeister says:

    Thanks John, this made up for the dead turtle and kittens. :) Yay balance!

    Seriously though, who doesn’t want to hunt that kid down and give him a big fat hug?

  33. HolyMoly says:

    (I had a response all typed out and was about to click on the “submit” button, but the derecho is blowing through town and I lost electricity. I’ve sat through hurricanes, and the wind was just as bad if not worse. Then calmness. The sun came out. Now it’s raining. See if we can do this again….)

    I was thinking the same as you — screw Jonathan’s family — but I think that’s what makes him a better person than me. As far as Christian ideals (what they’re SUPPOSED to be), I think he’s got a much better grasp on them than his family ever did, and he’s still quite young. A lot of people, from Tony Perkins and Pat Robertson on down to the townspeople he grew up with, could learn a lesson or two from him.

    I wouldn’t be half surprised if his parents start seeing dollar signs and decide to jump on the money train before it’s too late. Expect to see a tear-jerking episode where his parents suddenly show up, unannounced, to “forgive” him (rather than ask for forgiveness).

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  35. BeccaM says:

    Wow… that’s harsh. A hell of a life you’ve had there, Hauksdottir. You must’ve burned through truckloads of karma in enduring that kind of cruelty. What they did to you was nothing less than assault.

    I’d be hopeful that if anything like that were to happen today, rather than in 1973, a man doing that to his adult daughter would find himself in jail on domestic abuse charges.


  36. BeccaM says:

    I’m still working on it, too. There’s also a difference between ‘loving and forgiving’ and putting up with abuse. One of the big troubles is we use the word ‘love’ as if it exists in only one form, and assume it has all of those connotations of affection, warm feelings, and mutual respect. It doesn’t necessarily.

    For instance, I had a great deal of respect for my father in some areas, and in fact he’s part of the reason why I am so self-reliant and -resilient. Why, for example, if I get a flat tire, I’ll never be one of those women who sits on the shoulder of the highway waiting for someone else to fix it for her.

    At the same time, from a very early age, I loathed his casual bigotry and misogyny. And later on in my 30s, after I came out to my family and received the most extreme of rejections, I grew to hate him as a person. With good reason, too. He made my life a living hell for most of a decade.

    But an interesting thing happened while I was in India, working with my Swami there. He heard my story, sympathized with what I’d gone through. What he said was I did not have to ‘love’ my father in the warm-feelings sense, did not have to like him at all. But what I did owe him was gratitude for bringing me into the world and for the positive stuff.

    Eventually I also realized that the only way I’d ever be free of what happened would be to let go of the hate as well. However, I doubt I’ll ever get beyond ‘regretful indifference’, in emotional hindsight.

  37. karmanot says:

    Yep, I did—just couldn’t hold it back.

  38. karmanot says:

    Some of us are….I’m still working on it. One doesn’t have to love a hateful family or parents for that matter. Johnathan’s talent will leave them in the dust of their own hell. But wait, as soon as he makes it big they will be back like leeches on a golden goose.

  39. karmanot says:

    In a world of cynicism, horror, and viciousness, something this pure and beautiful brings tears of healing.

  40. I just wish they’d shown the words he was singing, I think, in Italian.

  41. hauksdottir says:

    It was codified a couple thousand years ago in the Biblical provisions for killing your own children, beating your own children, and putting your own children up as sex toys for guests.

    When children are regarded as property, they get beaten for speaking about it. Sometimes they get beaten for NOT speaking about it, but just glossing it over vaguely. I was. At university, a friend of my sister’s asked how things were going back home. I responded by saying “OK, I guess”. My parents thought that was dissing the family, so they drove out late at night and waited in my dorm. When I returned from the library, my father grabbed me and spanked me. Hard. In the middle of the inner suite. The other young women had dodged into their rooms, but they could still hear. I was 18.

    They are fundamentalist Christians. Their rigidity enabled the murder of my kid sister and propelled my escape from worthlessness to humanity. 40 years isn’t enough time for me to accept and forgive them… 40 lifetimes wouldn’t be enough.

  42. BeccaM says:

    What a good kid he is, as well as very talented.

    May he never acquire the level of cynicism I have, and may his future be always bright.

  43. BeccaM says:

    Perhaps you did. My understanding is it’s this memo here–

    — of course I personally think it’s utter rubbish, and many parts of the memo have been willfully misinterpreted to advance a particular cultural agenda, and a needlessly cruel one at that.

  44. BeccaM says:

    Clearly he hasn’t overcome all of that brainwashing if he uses the word ‘lifestyle’ to describe his sexual orientation.

  45. BeccaM says:

    We LGBTs are like that. We’re tolerant and forgiving, often even toward those who have wronged and hurt us.

    The bigots on the other hand…

  46. nicho says:

    The funny thing is that he doesn’t sound like a vindictive guy. I bet he would welcome them with open arms.

  47. Jonathan says:

    Screw his stupid family. I hope he’s wildly successful and refuses to ever speak to those assholes ever again.

  48. cole3244 says:

    another reason i’m proud to be a confirmed liberal, and his family doesn’t deserve him and he deserves better.
    ps – john, do you have stocks in kleenex by any chance?

  49. Naja pallida says:

    America’s Got Talent has actually been full of good ‘Americana’ stories over the years. Though, I’m confused why they’ve had so few American judges – this year only one. I only hope half the people on the show see success with their talents. Though, there was another former contestant on the show that just hit the news recently too: Young singer from San Antonio, who brought out a swarm of racists by singing the national anthem. Some days, I just don’t understand people.

  50. FLL says:

    I’d like to think that the parents would hang their heads in shame, and in most parts of the country, they probably would. However, I remain skeptical about his parents’ reaction because they live in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, a town of about 10,000, which is only 20 miles from Pulaski, Tennessee, the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan (founded in Pulaski in 1865). His parents might still have the backing of the majority of their town’s residents.

    Jonathan is still young enough to overcome some of the brainwashing from his native region: He says that his parents “don’t really support my lifestyle.” Well, I guess you can buy lots of outdoor furniture at Walmart if you want to change to an outdoor lifestyle. Then, if you get tired of that after a couple years, you can buy another kind of furniture and change to a different lifestyle. Being gay or straight, however, is not something you can buy at the Walmart.

  51. jixter says:

    Thanks, John! This story made my day!

  52. TheOriginalLiz says:

    I really hope they are publicly called out

  53. Butch1 says:

    It is so great to see such talent in such a young person. His voice is very mature for his age. Bravo! Jonathan!

    A message to your parents: Shame on you! You pious Christians think you can throw away your precious son like he is a piece of garbage. You are the ones that have a huge problem and hopefully you will some day learn of your mistake and get on your knees and beg his forgiveness for what you did to him. Throwing him out into the world at one of the most vulnerable times in a young person’s life like you did when they need you. How dare you. How unchristian of you. His heart is much bigger than yours will ever be. Shame on you!

  54. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Did I miss the memo that made children disposable?

  55. Yeah but this time it’s a GOOD cry :-)

  56. Jerry Spiegelman says:

    Great kid and great performance. This has gone viral now and his “parents” – those pathetic misfits, should hang their heads in total shame.

  57. nicho says:

    Okay, John. Is your goal now to see how often you can make us cry each day?

  58. kingstonbears says:

    Absolutely amazing!! Now it’s up to us who watch this show to also support him.

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