When Janice Freeman was a contestant on The Voice, she was very open and outspoken about her health and financial problems.
Not only was she in remission from cervical cancer, but Janice also lived with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder for which there is no cure.
Miley was ecstatic when Janice chose Miley as her devoted singing coach during the 13th season of The Voice. The pair formed an incredibly strong working relationship — and a close personal friendship.
The pop superstar not only acted as Janice’s mentor and cheerleader in the music business but took her kindness even further by helping Janice, her husband, and their young daughter find permanent housing.
Miley gave her the deposit and covered her rent for six months so Janice could get back on her feet.
In March 2019, Janice died at age 33 from pneumonia and a blood clot. A heartbroken Miley took to the stage to sing at Janice’s memorial service in California but could barely get through the song without breaking down in tears. “I had planned on singing a song for her,” Miley said, according to People, “but just losing her is too much for me, so… my dad’s gonna take care of this for me.”
Miley’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, was beside her and took the lead on “Amazing Grace,” but Miley eventually joined back in to finish singing this powerful tribute to Janice.