Grace VanderWaal — AKA the next Taylor Swift — is blowing up thanks to her appearances on ‘America’s Got Talent’, but alas, fame comes with a price. The twelve-year-old revealed in an Aug. 22 interview that returning to school after being on the show has resulted in a little bit of heartbreak — see what Grace had to say right here!
Grace VanderWaal is not yet a teenager, but she is precocious and speaks with undeniable, well, grace. In a new interview with Teen Vogue, the middle school student and songstress admitted that going back to her school in Suffern, NY, hasn’t been at all smooth sailing. “My friends don’t really care anymore,” she shrugged. “But it’s hard because you walk into school and people, who might have even been mean to you, are all of a sudden looking at you like, ‘Hey, best friend!’ and are like, ‘Do you want to hang out tomorrow?'” Yes, people can be bummers.
Grace added that her newfound popularity makes lunchtime hard, too. “At our lunch table — we literally used to sit alone, and people would go out of their way to squeeze their way into other tables, just to not sit at our table. All of a sudden our table is completely full and crowded. It’s frustrating,” she explained to the mag.
Outside of school life, Grace is giving the competition her all, and we definitely think she has what it takes to sweep the judges off their feet — honestly, she already has. “Grace, you know what I predict for you? I think you are the next Taylor Swift,” Simon Cowell (now famously) told her in June. We hope so!
HollywoodLifers, did Grace’s story sadden you? Tell us if you think she’ll win this season of America’s Got Talent?