Following Wednesday’s announcement that Jackie Evancho would be performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony next month, the 16-year-old opera singer says she and her family have become targets of online bullying.
“My family is kind of a big target. I have a transgender sister and so a lot of hate goes towards us,” Evancho told People. “But I also get a lot of love. So, we pay most attention to that. Sometimes we get really annoyed with the hate, everyone does, we have to admit it but we just ignore it.”
Evancho’s sister, 18-year-old Juliet, publicly revealed she was transgender at the Global Lyme Alliance’s inaugural gala in New York last year.
Meanwhile, this will be Evancho’s third time performing for a president. After placing second on America’s Got Talent in 2010 at the age of 10, the singer sang “O Holy Night” at the National Christmas Tree Lighting hosted by President Barack Obama. She performed again for Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast two years later.
“I remember that I got a lot of applause and that everyone was really impressed,” she said, “so I’m hoping the same thing happens.”
It’s also the second time that Evancho will perform for Trump after a 2011 event. She said she’s excited for the opportunity this time to perform before the massive audience.
“I feel like it’s going to be a big audience and I love big audiences,” she said.