Omi Opens Up About His Real-Life Cheerleader'
The singer released his first album last Friday
“Cheerleader” singer Omi revealed the one woman who is always on his side isn’t a romantic partner – it’s his mom.
“My cheerleader is my mom and that will never change,” he tells PEOPLE. “The cheerleader you’re probably thinking about is a significant other but those will come and go. She’s not going anywhere. She will always be my mom and always be my cheerleader.
Omi released his first album, Me 4 U, last Friday – pick up a copy here – making both his and his cheerleader’s dreams come true.
“She was very proud,” he says. “It’s a natural reaction for a mother, especially with where I’m from, you need to create your own opportunities.”
Growing up, Omi says he was very shy and reserved.
“When I started recording, people said you have a really interesting vocal and that was sort of the cue for me to start pursuing this further,” he says. “And when I made it a career, I knew it would come with everything else automatically so I had to gain confidence and had to be able to project because that s the only way you’re going to be able to capture an audience.”