Miley Cyrus broke down in tears at a celebration of the late The Voice contestant, Janice Freeman.
Cyrus was Freeman’s mentor on the show, was scheduled to perform a song at the memorial but was too distraught to do so, tearfully introducing her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, to sing a rendition of “Amazing Grace” instead.
Freeman, who competed as part of Cyrus’ team during Season 13 of NBC’s singing competition in 2017, died following complications from pneumonia and a blood clot that traveled to her heart on March 2. She was 33.
“Before we sing this song for Janice, I just want to clear up a rumor. I was never her coach,” she said around the video’s one hour mark, her voice quivering. “Ever. She was always mine. I learned more from her than anyone that I’ve ever gotten honored to be in the room with, not just vocally — I should have gotten more lessons than I did, but she taught me everything that I know about love.”
“Amen, God bless each and every one of you,” Billy Ray added before leaving the stage. “Thank you, sister Janice. I learned from you, too.”
Cyrus reaffirmed her vow to take care of Freeman’s 12-year-old daughter, Hannah. “I’ll always be your sister, I’m here for you, and I’m here for your family,” the singer said at the service.
“Janice, I’ll miss you more than I could ever say,” she added.