American Idol star speaks out for first time after 'bully' Katy Perry's 'hurtful' remark
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The woman who was ‘mum shamed’ by Katy Perry on American Idol has spoken out for the first time since the clip went viral.
Mum-of-three Sara Beth Liebe, 25, auditioned on the popular show in front of judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy. You can see the audition here:
The trio pointed out Sara’s youthful appearance, saying she ‘looks 16’ - however, Katy responded with shock when Sara revealed she was actually a mum-of-three.
Katy stood up out of her seat following the admission, prompting Sara to joke: ”If Katy lays on the table, I think I’m going to pass out.”
Katy shot back: “Honey, you been laying on the table too much.”
The 'Firework' singer also told the contestant she looked like a ‘comic strip character just came to life'.
Having previously interrogated the young mum about whether music was her big dream and being unable to get an answer, Perry told her: "Look, if it's not your dream, it's not going to go far.
"I also respect everyone who's walking through that door who will lay down their life for this golden ticket."
Despite the comments, Sara did eventually get a yes from all three judges, earning her a place in the next round.
Footage from the interview went viral earlier this month, with many viewers branding Katy a ‘bully’ and accusing her of ‘mum shaming’ Sara.
Now, Sara has shared her opinions in a video on TikTok and admitted that she felt hurt by the comments and that ‘mum shaming is super lame’.
In the clip, Sara explains: “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.
"I don’t really have too much to say on my feelings about it because I feel like it’s probably pretty self-explanatory.
"I mean, it was embarrassing to have that on TV and it was hurtful and, you know, that’s that.
“But I did want to take this opportunity to just say that I think that women supporting and uplifting other women is so cool and I think that mum shaming is super lame. And I think that it’s hard enough to be a mum and it’s hard enough to be a woman.”
She continued: “I see all of the young mums and just mums in general who have commented on all of the videos and posts and everything and I just wanted to say that I see you and I hear you and I am grateful for you and you’re worthy and keep loving your babies.
“And I think that if you’re a good mama and you love your babies that’s all that really matters and other comments just don’t feel necessary and yeah that’s all I have to say on the matter.”
Topics: Celebrity, Katy Perry, TV And Film, American Idol