When aspiring superstars show up for American Idol auditions, they hope their lives will change forever.
For 23-year-old Haley Slaton, that was certainly the case in more ways than one. Not only did she land a golden ticket to Hollywood, but she also met her now-husband, Jordan Myles. said Haley The newspaper that she met Jordan at the Austin, Texas auditions in October 2021 and married him in December 2021.
“We got married pretty quickly,” she told the outlet. “We just knew. We immediately started talking to each other and by the end it became commonplace. I was already pregnant and he was acting as a father and I couldn’t thank him enough for that. We’re very much in love, we’re very happy we met, and I think another reason I was on the show was to meet him. It was a great experience – meeting someone I could finally spend the rest of my life with.”
Haley was almost six months pregnant when she auditioned for Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. Their son Jaelyn was born in January. Haley’s audition aired during the March 20 episode of “American Idol.” According to The Gazette, her husband’s audition will be in an upcoming episode.
The judges were initially unsure about Haley
At her audition, Haley sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Luke Bryan told her there were “some amateur moments” but also “some real moments” in her performance. Lionel Richie commented on the fact that pregnancy could affect Haley’s ability to hold long notes. Perry confirmed that she had to take songs down a half step during her own pregnancy.
Perry then asked Haley to sing something else and told her to “fight for it” as the judges had concerns about whether or not she was ready for “Idol.” Haley then wowed the judges with her rendition of Adele’s “One and Only.” As Haley sang the lyrics, “Come on, give me a chance,” Perry interrupted her and said the judges would do just that.
Perry, Richie and Bryan all voted for Haley to move into Hollywood week. Watch her audition here:
Haley doesn’t want to be a mom to stop her from following her dreams
Haley brought her mother Sarah to the auditions. She explained that as a child, her mother was a single mother of three while attending college full-time and holding a full-time job. “She never gave up,” Haley said in the segment before her audition. “She inspires me to be a good mom.”
Haley doesn’t believe that being a mother should stop pursuing what you want. In fact, she believes that following her dreams will set a good example for her son.
“Just being a mom shouldn’t stop you from following your dreams. I really just want to do this for my son and give him a really good life and I really want to show him that he will never stop chasing his dreams in the future. Never give up on your dreams. Mommy ran after her, so,” Haley said.
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