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Gabourey Sidibe's Mum Sings in Subways for Living Despite Her Daughter's Success

February 9, 2010 (9:22 am) GMT
Alice Tan Ridley reveals that she is able to afford her life by singing in New York City subways, saying 'when I come home at the end of the day, I have enough to pay my bills and feed my kids.'
Gabourey Sidibe

's mum has made singing in New York City subways her full-time job. Alice Tan Ridley, a former nursery school teacher, has been belting out R&B tunes in the subway for 18 years - and she insists she can support herself without relying on her actress daughter, who found fame and landed an Oscar nomination for her role in "".

Ridley tells the New York Post, "My name is not on Gabby's paycheck. For a while, I was teaching and doing the singing, burning the candle at both ends to support my family. When I come home at the end of the day, I have enough to pay my bills and feed my kids. People always say, 'Why don't you sing in clubs?' I tell 'em, 'This is my club.'"

Ridley is now attempting to raise funds by playing in the underground three times a week so she can buy new equipment and put on even bigger shows. She explains, "My voice is so big that it's blown out my amp (amplifier), so I can't do more than that until I can afford a new amp."

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