Child star Alisan Porter won over audiences with her sassy portrayal of the title character in the 1991 hit film Curly Sue.
Last night, 25 years later, the now 34-year-old mom of two was crowned winner of season 10 of "The Voice". And as she hugged her coach Christina Aguilera and took in the victory, Porter had just one thing to say about her mentor: "She speaks mom."
Porter—who celebrated by singing and dancing with both of her young kids on stage while confetti rained down around them—has been sober for nearly 10 years after struggling with alcoholism. And she credits Aguilera—who has two kids of her own, 8-year-old son Max and daughter Summer, 21 months—for teaching her that it's possible to be both a mom and a rockstar.
"That's been my biggest thing, just watching her," she said. "I've seen her with her kids a bunch of times. Just knowing that it's possible for me to be able to do that and my kids will be cool, they'll still have time with their mom and all that kind of stuff, is number one."
Porter was brutally honest about her past struggles, both on the show and in a blog post she wrote about hitting rock bottom.
"I was miserable and overwhelmed with life," she confessed. "I felt trapped, scared, and sad, and I was ready to really go for broke or get better. So, I did what every good user does and I prayed to a god I had never believed in and then called my mom."
A stay in a treatment facility soon followed, and the star says she hasn't touched a drink or a drug since.
It's a pretty amazing story, and one Aguilera says she was touched by from the minute she first turned her chair around during the blind auditions. "[Alisan] has been a blessing to not only me but to the show," the singer told Parade.com at a press conference after the finale. "She is the epitome of 'The Voice,' and also an inspiration to other hardworking moms and any hardworking parent who also has a dream they want to accomplish."
Or as Curly Sue herself would say, "Hubba, hubba!"