Yesterday, we reported that Matt Mauser, whose wife Christina Mauser was killed last year in the same helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, had auditioned for “America’s Got Talent” and was sent through to the next round.
Now, host Terry Crews is speaking out to reveal that Mauser’s three children broke down in tears while watching his audition from backstage. He performed an emotional rendition of Phil Collins’ 1984 track, “Against All Odds,” as his children looked on.
“I’m actually sitting there in between his children and him on stage and I’m watching the judges. So I’m seeing everything as it’s all playing out,” Crews told Entertainment Tonight. “We couldn’t move… As the emotion came out of the song — and it was a beautiful song, a wonderful rendition — I watched his kids start to cry.”
“I was about to lose it. I don’t know what to tell you. Being his babies, this is their mom that he’s singing about,” he continued. “… I broke.”
Crews couldn’t hug Mauser or his children because of COVID-19 protocols, but he made sure to voice his support to the family.
“When he finished performing and they hugged their dad and they came over and they looked at me, I just poured everything I could pour out of my heart to this whole family. I was just like, ‘You guys are what courage is all about,'” Crews said. “I just shared that and they smiled at me. That blew my mind.”
“To be going through all of this and they were actually happy and they were joyful,” he added. “… They wiped their tears and smiled at me and I just said, ‘My god, what strength. How amazing is that?'”
Crews was emotional before Mauser even began to sing, as the host explained that he “was in tears myself knowing that I was going to meet with a man who was going through tremendous grief.”
“It was wild because… while we were talking during our interview, he was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I could do this.’ This was before he actually went on stage,” Crews said. “I said, ‘I [understand] if you don’t. I totally do. But… we are here not to use you. We are here to help you. Whatever you want to do, however you want to help your family by doing this, we are here for you.’ He decided to do it. He was so courageous. It blows my mind to this day.”
Check out his audition for yourself below.