A gay singer who was disowned by his family received a standing ovation on Tuesday's episode of the NBC reality series America's Got Talent.

“Music is what really helped me through the hard time,” Allen said in an interview. “My parents they didn't really support my lifestyle. When I turned 18, they decided to kick me out for being gay. On my birthday. On my birthday. It was crazy.”

Allen said he's tried to speak to his family.

“I haven't seen my parents in about 2 and a half years now. I love them with all my heart. I don't know if they still love me but … It's been difficult. And music is what makes me feel like I belong. … You know, I'm not a bad person for being who I am. I really want them to see that. I just hope I can make them proud.”

Allen won over the judges with an amazing rendition of Andrea Bocelli's Time To Say Goodbye.

“That was a great rendition,” judge Melanie Brown told Allen. “You just made me melt.”

“And well done to you for standing there proud and confident of yourself,” she added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)