Tiffany Thornton in Susie Magazine. On Demi Lovato: ‘Demi is my closest friend. She’s like my little sister. All of us are pretty much in the same age range, although Brandon did say on Radio Disney that I’m like the mom of the cast. I was like, ‘Brandon, wait a second! I’m only 24. I’ve been 24 for two weeks!’’
Tiffany grew up in Texas in a trailer until she was 4. After her parents divorced, her mom got remarried and took a job out of state, leaving Tiff and her brother with their stepfather: ‘My mom became a flight attendant when I was young, and she was stationed out of Newark, N.J. You don’t get to choose your station..
Unless we were with our grandparents, we didn’t go to church. We went through a rough time with my second stepfather. I always found comfort in small spaces. I’d go into my bedroom closet and pray and sing to God. One night it came to blows between my mom and my stepfather, and he became violent.
That was the first time I’d ever witnessed that. He tried to suffocate my mom, and I heard that whole thing going down. She was crying, of course, and my brother was hugging her.’ Tiffany remembers calling her grandparents for help before running outside. She perched herself on the mailbox and began singing, ‘Oh
God, you are my God and I will ever praise you. I will seek You in the morning and I’ll learn to walk in Your ways..’ over and over again. She felt like she was dreaming. You know how when you’re dreaming you can look into a home and it’s like there’s no roof and you’re kind of floating over the house, watching..
..things go on? That’s exactly what that experience was like for me. I know God had carried me to a safe place.’ Her second stepfather never hurt her or her brother, but watching him lay hands on her mother was traumatic: ‘I don’t think at 12 or 13 years old you really consider the magnitude of what’s going on, but I..
..know God was protecting me. From that point on, I can think of moments when I’d go into my closet and write poems about God. I’m like, wow! That was me spending time with the Lord. I didn’t even realize that was what I was doing. So my relationship with Christ is very special to me.’