American Idol’s Katy Perry ‘to quit the show’ to spend time with daughter Daisy, 2, & ‘expand family’ with Orlando Bloom
AMERICAN Idol judge Katy Perry is rumored to soon leave the competition show to focus on “expanding her family” with her husband Orlando Bloom, The U.S. has learned.
The U.S. Sun can exclusively reveal Katy, 38, is considering “quitting the show” to spend more time with her two-year-old daughter Daisy, according to an ABC insider.
Orlando, 46, shares his son Flynn, 10, with his ex-wife and Australian model Miranda Kerr, 40.
An American Idol insider shared Katy has been “milling over” her future for months as she has spoken about her desire to grow her family, spend more time with Orlando, and continue her own musical career away from the show.
On the family front, the source claimed Katy has spoken about wanting a “baby brother or sister” for Daisy.
Katy reportedly “wants to rectify” her busy schedule taking time away from Orlando, as the source continued: “With both of them working so much on projects, time as a family is also very precious.”
“She’s spoken about wanting more sleep and feeling a lot more emotional than usual this season,” the insider revealed.
As for her career, the source shared Katy would like to tour the world again “on her terms” too, rather than doing a hefty schedule across multiple continents.
Katy’s hesitation about joining American Idol’s next season may have a financial motivation.
“The money she could earn from a few stadium gigs could eclipse the deal that ABC can offer,” the insider added.
‘BUSTING HER BUTT’
Katy’s $30 million salary for American Idol, including the endorsement deals, is unlikely to be increased for the new season.
The source continued: “She’s been busting her butt making Idol a success, balancing the Vegas shows and family life with Daisy and Orlando.
“People forget she has balanced the show through a world tour, pregnancy, and being a mom.”
The insider added that Katy, while reportedly unhappy about being portrayed by producers as a villain at times, has enjoyed a magnificent run with the show.
“This season has been epic, and it feels like Idol is back as the top TV show of the year.”
The Idol insider concluded: “So, the question is how does she eclipse that?”
Earlier this week, Katy revealed she is ready to leave American Idol after feeling betrayed by producers and receiving fan backlash.
The hitmaker, who has been a judge of the hit competition singing series for the past six years, said she has repeatedly felt “thrown under the bus” by those on the show’s back end, sources revealed to DailyMail.
The insiders continued: “Katy became aware of the harsh criticism. Getting booed really upset her. She was trying to stay in her lane, do her job, and go home.
“She went into it thinking she was going to foster young talent. For her good intentions to be misinterpreted it was not what she wanted.
“She has accomplished so much in her career and is now being looked at as a nasty reality show judge.
“Katy’s wanted out for some time now, but this season was way too much for her to handle.”
The sources also said no paycheck amount could convince the pop star to stay after what she believes the show has now done to her legacy.
Katy’s potential departure comes after years of criticism she has faced since becoming a judge in 2018.
This season, fans accused the reality show judge of shaming a 16-year-old contestant during her tense audition.
Paige Anne, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, performed Pink’s What About Us for her audition, garnering mixed signals from the judges.
Katy’s fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan both voted yes to pass the teen through to the next round.
However, Katy said no, explaining: “I don’t think you’re yet ready. It’s a no for me.”
Fans online ripped her for her decision.
“I’m super shocked Katy said she isn’t ready! I know it’s not all about the voice, but her voice is one of the best of the competition! That is a winning voice!” wrote one critic at the time.
Another said: “There is something wrong with Katy Perry this season.
“She must be having trouble in her personal life because her attitude is strange and she’s putting people through who shouldn’t go through and then she seems to come down pretty hard on attractive young women so I would say the problem was not in the contestant but in Katy Perry.”
The Firework singer has suffered slings from a slew of scandals.
In March, one American Idol contestant slammed Katy for making “hurtful” and “embarrassing” comments to her.
She also accused the singer of “mom-shaming her.”
Contestant Sara Beth Liebe auditioned and the judges could not believe she was 25.
“You look 16,” judge Luke, 46, said as Katy countered: “fifteen.”
“I have three kids,” Sara Beth then revealed.
“Three kids?” judge Lionel, 73, asked.
However, it was a particular comment from Katy that offended Sara Beth.
“Honey, you’ve been laying on the table too much,” Katy said at the time.
Luke laughed and the contestant seemed OK with it at the time but later spoke up about it on TikTok.
“I don’t really have too much to say on my feelings about it because I feel like it’s probably pretty self-explanatory.”
She continued: “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 women supporting and uplifting other women is so cool and I think that mom-shaming is super lame.”
“And I think that it’s hard enough to be a mom and it’s hard enough to be a woman…” Sara Beth said.
She ended: “I don’t think there’s really any more to it. If you love your babies and you’re a good momma then that’s all that really matters, and other comments just don’t feel necessary.”