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Sara Beth, a young mother of three, leaves ‘American Idol’ after receiving a hurtful comment from Katy Perry


Sara Beth, a young mother of three who previously accused Katy Perry of “mom-shaming” on American Idol, unexpectedly left the show on Sunday. The 25-year-old did not attribute her exit to Perry’s remarks, but rather explained to the judges that her young children required her attention at home.

She expressed her gratitude for the opportunity and announced that her final performance had taken place, as her heart was with her family. Sara Beth shared her intention to return to her children, who she felt needed her presence.

@sarabethliebeWell. I didnt think id be making this video, but i just wanted to say a couple things since im being flooded with articles and comments/messages about this.

♬ original sound – Sara Beth

Despite attempts from Katy Perry, who is also a mother, to persuade her to stay, Sara Beth remained steadfast in her decision to step away from the competition and focus on her family.

Viewers were introduced to Sara Beth, a spirited redhead who surprised the judges by revealing she had three children. The judges initially thought she was a high school student due to her youthful appearance.

After understanding that Sara was telling the truth about her age, Katy Perry tried to lighten the mood with a joke by pretending to faint on the judges’ table. Sara responded with a lighthearted remark about Perry’s joke. “If Katy lays on the table, I think I’m going to pass out,” Sara joked. “Honey, you been laying on the table too much!” Perry replied.

However, after the show, Sara expressed her discomfort with the situation in a TikTok video. She shared that she found the experience embarrassing and hurtful, calling out the famous singer for her comment. “It was embarrassing to have that on TV,” Sara said. “And it was hurtful.”

“I did want to take this opportunity to say that I think that women supporting and uplifting other women is so cool, and I think that mom shaming is super lame.”

@sarabethliebeGratitude is the ONLY word that comes to mind. I can’t wait to continue supporting my new friends and to continue making music. 🤍 that’s what it’s all about afterall. Oh and also, can we talk about how gooooood Katy looked in that shade of purple and how Lionel SLAYED that orange jacket? 😩👌🏻😍

♬ original sound – Sara Beth

The young mom of three had her commitment questioned at first, but she managed to reach Hollywood. During Hollywood Week, she was guided by Clay Aiken, who was the runner-up in 2003. However, she started to doubt herself during this phase.

Sara admitted in a personal revelation that she didn’t know much about show business, as she had been a mother and wife since the age of 18. She felt she didn’t fit the typical image and found it hard to be away from her children. Despite her uncertainty, she went on stage and sang “Roxanne.”

After her performance, Sara surprised everyone by announcing it was her last and that she would be leaving the competition. The judges, particularly Perry, tried to persuade her to stay. However, Sara had already made up her mind and could not be convinced otherwise.

Sara Beth expressed gratitude and humility for the kind words from Katy and acknowledged the significance of the opportunity she had. However, she admitted that she would prefer to be with her family and that she might regret leaving later. She wished her children were a bit older to better handle her absence.

Experiencing a reality show comes with its own unique pressures, and it can be challenging to comprehend how difficult it is to be away from young children during such a time. The separation can be particularly hard when the kids are still very young.

Sara Beth’s choice to leave the show may spark differing opinions, but ultimately, she made the decision she believed was in the best interest of herself and her family.