American Idol Star Sara Beth Liebe Quits Show After Katy Perry's Mom-Shaming

Asma Irshad
Sara Beth Liebe singing before leaving the American Idol show
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The inspiring singer Sarah Beth Liebe has left American Idol after Katy Perry made a mom-shaming comment at her audition a few days ago.

Contestant Unexpectedly Left The Show

Sara Beth Liebe smiling and telling about herself before giving audition in American Idol
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An American Idol competitor, Sara Beth Liebe, unexpectedly left the competition after judge Katy Perry faced backlash for ridiculing the mother-of-three during her audition.

Sara Surprised The Judges

Ameican Idol Judges, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie
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During the March 5 show, Sara Beth surprised the judges by revealing that she had given birth to three children before the age of 25.

Perry Made A Joke

Perry responded by joking that the young mother had "spent too much time on the table," which was highly mocked.

Sara Wanted To Be With Her Babies

Sara Beth leaning down and kissing one of her daughters while holding the other in her arms
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On Sunday's Hollywood Week episode, Sara quits the competition to "be with her babies," shocking the judges and show producers.

She Told Judges That It Was Her Last Performance

Sara Beth's last performance on the set of American Idol
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She had sung her first-round song, The Police's Roxanne, before addressing judges Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie, "This opportunity is really rad, but this is actually going to be my last performance, because my heart’s at home. So, I’m going get home to my babies. They kind of need me."

Bryan Called It A Mistake

Luke Bryan sitting with a smile on his face while holding his guitar
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Bryan called the choice a mistake as Perry urged the mom to rethink.

It Was Hard For Sara

But Sara said, "I don’t even know what showbusiness is. I’ve been a mom since I was 18. I’ve been married since I was 18. I don’t think I realized quite how hard it would be to be away from my kids."

Sara Was Guilty Of Leaving Her Kids Behind

She added, "They’re all still really young. There is a lot of guilt when you leave your kids to do something completely selfish. I feel like I’m not gonna win the show anyway, so I might as well go home."

Perry Told Sara Not To Give Up

Sara Beth posing with the bouquet of flowers that is tucked into her jeans and covers her top half
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Perry replied, "You've opened a door you never thought you would open, and you got a yes. You may get another yes in the future. Do not give up."

Sara Knew That It Was The Big Opportunity

"I'm really humbled and grateful, and Katy had some really nice things to say," Sara added backstage. "If my kids were a little older... I understand how big of an opportunity this is, but I still kinda wanna go home."

Her Kids Are Young

Sarah Beth sitting down and laughing with her two older kids while holding her baby bumb.
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She also said, "I don't think I realized quite how hard it would be to be away from my kids. They're still really young. There's a lot of guilt that comes when you leave your kids to do something completely selfish."

Sara Suffered Panic Attack After Her Audition

Sara Beth's Instagram post about her panic attack.
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Sara said in a TikTok video after her leaving was announced that she suffered a panic attack immediately after her first audition.

Sara Wants To Do Music Badly

A younger sara beth playing the guitar while singing her own song
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"A lot of people don't realize that I was scouted to audition," she added. "They reached out to me. And I'm so grateful. I've never had this much support with singing. And it's mind-blowing and so humbling and has made me realize how badly I want to do music."

She Is Allowed To Make Choices That Are Best For Her

Sara Beth at American Idol Set posing for the camera.
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She continued, "Six months ago, I didn't know that yet. But I'm also allowed to make hard choices that are best for me."

Sara Also Talked About Perry's Issue

Katy Perry looking absolutely gorgous in a red dress on the set of American Idol
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This comes after Sara mentioned the Perry incident, which caused widespread criticism.

Katy's Reaction When Sara Told About Her Kids

Katy Perry pretending to faint on American Idol, with Sara Beth in the background laughing.
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When Sara disclosed she had three children before the age of 25, Katy, 38, faked fainting, prompting Sara Beth to exclaim, "If Katy lays on the table, I think I'm going to pass out."

A Bad Joke

Katy Perry mom shamed the contestant
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Katy, who is also a mother, then said, "Honey, you've been laying on the table too much."

It Was Hurtful For Sara

In a recent TikTok video, the aspiring singer said that the joke was hurtful, and she went on to stop people from engaging in mom shaming.

It Wasn't Kind

Sara Beth posing while holding the amerian idol's golden ticket
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"At the start of my audition before I sang, I mentioned that I had three children and was a young mother and Katy Perry made a joke that wasn't super kind," Sara Beth explained.