Fans of American Idol have been blessed with a brand new season that premiered on Valentine’s Day.
The singing competition’s fourth season on ABC, and 19th season overall, is back with judges Katy Perry, alongside singer Lionel Richie and country star Luke Bryan.
The new season saw a number of contestant hopefuls, including one Claudia Conway, give it their all as they performed their hearts out in an attempt to score one of the show’s coveted Golden Tickets.
But the person who caught the attention of the most fans was none other than Katy Perry, whose baby bump was hard to ignore, prompting many to ask: Is Katy Perry pregnant on American Idol?
Is Katy Perry pregnant (again) on 'American Idol' in 2021?
The American Idol premiere has everyone talking … but not about the contestants.
Katy Perry, who’s back as a judge for the show’s fourth season on ABC, appeared to have a bit of a baby bump that’s prompted fans to wonder whether the singer is pregnant again.
Back when Season 3 of American Idol was underway, Katy released the music video for “Never Worn White,” in which she announced that she was pregnant with her first child. She also announced that the baby was due in the summer of 2020, which means that she likely became pregnant some time in the fall of 2019.
Katy was actually pregnant during the filming of the Hollywood episodes of American Idol’s Season 3, so fans were pretty confused when it looked like she was still pregnant during the audition episodes of Season 4.
So, is the "Firework" songstress expecting? At the moment, no, Katy Perry is not pregnant and she wasn’t pregnant while filming the current season of American Idol.
The reason she had what people are assuming was a “baby bump” is because she had given birth to her first child, daughter Daisy Dove Bloom, just five weeks prior to filming.
Although Hollywood stars have done it in the past, that’s hardly enough time for a woman to lose all her pregnancy weight, which is why Katy was sporting a bit of a bump in the Season 4 premiere.
In an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Katy explained that the juggling taking care of her newborn and the demands of her career had caught her by surprise.
“We started filming American Idol Season 4 after I’d given birth, five weeks later," she said. "And I didn’t plan that. But it was like, ‘Oh, my God!’ It was so intense, you know?”
Since her first-hand experience of the hard work that goes into motherhood, especially for working moms, Katy has became an outspoken advocate for paid family leave. "When a mom finally goes back to work (whatever profession they do) it’s not like they been [sic] coming from months of 'time off...,'" she tweeted. "She’s coming from a full time job.”
She then went on to tell fans to call their own moms and to advocate for paid family leave.
Catch Katy, Lionel, and Luke on Season 4 of American Idol every Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.