Is Amber Holcomb Pregnant? Sonogram American Idol

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The internets are all abuzz with chatter about the mysterious sonogram Amber Holcomb posted to her pre-Idol Facebook. It appears to be HER sonogram. And she’s being congratulated in comments, apparently by friends and relatives, as well as fans.

So is the American Idol 12 alum pregnant? And if so, who is the father? There were rumors that she was dating fellow Idol, Burnell Taylor. He kissed her goodbye when he was eliminated from the competition, hinting that he had a crush on her.

ETA: She tagged “Lamar D. Denson” in the photo. Reportedly he is her boyfriend. Amber is 19 years old.

Here’s a photo of the couple:

In comments under the photo, A fan took Amber to task for “given up on her dream”

Sherry Sawyer Wowwww!!!…Am I Bad…If I Feel Disappointed??? I Guess Amber Have Given Up On Her Dream???…And Yes…I Know I Will Get Flack 4 Being Honest On This Post…But I Guess Life Has Taught Me That…If You Fail 2 PLAN…You Plan 2 FAIL!!!…And Yes I Cried When Amber Was Sent Home In 4th Position…But I Still Didn’t Think It Was Over…Actually Thought It Was Just Beginning!!!…So 4Give Me…If I’m Not As Optimistic On This Post As You Guys….

And Amber answered:

Amber Holcomb Sherri Cooper Foster honestly thats your opinion…BUT AT THE SAME TIME I COULD REALLY CARE LESS…IM HAPPY..THATS ALL THAT MATTERS..IN THE END ITS GONNA BE ME AND MY CHILD AND WHOEVER ELSE WANTS TO BE THERE FOR US. I DIDNT ASK FOR THIS BUT I CONSIDER IT A BLESSING..WHAT ANYBODY ELSE (INCLUDING YOURSELF) THINKS ABOUT ME IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS..BUT THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT?

I’m sure more will be revealed.

Amber is currently on the American Idol Live tour with the rest of the Top 11. Tonight, they perform in Duluth, GA

 
  • Eric Ascher

    Wow…not smart…having a baby would kill any chance of her having a career.

  • jms

    Obviously it’s Lazaro.

  • Cory Patrick

    I’m shocked. I had so much hope for her!

  • Joob

    She tagged someone in her cover photo. His name is Lamar Denson. The father?

    This guy: https://www.facebook.com/lamar.denson?viewer_id=1638805698

  • holliepop55

    lamar is her boyfriend if you followed her ask.fm but she isnt that dumb is she? im hopin this means something else…

  • Joob

    lmao. How could it mean something else? It has her name on it…

  • holliepop55

    i dont know lol

  • jms

    I’m hoping for Amber’s sake she has a sibling named Amberina Holcomb or something and that’s actually her sonogram….

    I’d put money on Amber being pregnant.

  • jpfan2

    If true, I guess she’ll never get signed by Jimmy or anyone else (not that I thought she ever would be) but this puts her out of action for awhile. She’s really dumb.

  • halo9125

    If you click on the FB photo and read the comments this absolutely is her sonogram. You would think somebody in her present position would be a little more careful, but hey- these things happen.

    Hope she saves up her tour money, looks like she’s going to need it.

  • holliepop55

    “honestly thats your opinion…BUT AT THE SAME TIME I COULD REALLY CARE LESS…IM HAPPY..THATS ALL THAT MATTERS..IN THE END ITS GONNA BE ME AND MY CHILD AND WHOEVER ELSE WANTS TO BE THERE FOR US. I DIDNT ASK FOR THIS BUT I CONSIDER IT A BLESSING..WHAT ANYBODY ELSE (INCLUDING YOURSELF) THINKS ABOUT ME IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS..BUT THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT?”

    thats her reply on her facebook page i never saw this coming oh well..

  • tripp_ncwy

    IN THE END ITS GONNA BE ME AND MY CHILD AND WHOEVER ELSE WANTS TO BE THERE FOR US.

    So I guess we will have another single mother & the father will not be involved.

  • jms

    Oh good god.

  • Valarie

    Unless the baby daddy steps up, it is probably going to be her, the child, and the American tax payers. Without a record deal, and coming off the invisible Idol season, she would have had to work really hard to have a music career. Maybe this looked easier.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Maybe the baby-daddy falls under “whoever else.”

    See, if Holcomb had been on XFUSA instead, Simon Cowell could be nurturing her career and providing free nanny services for Baby Holcomb alongside Baby Cowell. #missedopportunity

    Well, I hope she proves to be a wonderful mother (also that she learns how to turn off capslock).

  • royalbabiesdominate

    the “Father” relationship states does say single! ..but will this affect the tour by anyway?

  • LeahKittyS

    I didn’t care much for Amber on the show, so it’s no concern of mine how this will impact her career. This story only bothers me because a) I’m afraid the father isn’t going to be there for her or the child, and b) Amber is 2 months younger than me and I am nowhere near ready or willing to have children, so who knows how she will do.

  • Maj

    okay then…

  • b_james

    Wow. That sucks (for her career).

  • Anny_nanny

    May be pregnancy affect vision. *bubble gum*

  • CanadianLady

    Random thought: Age has zero to do with how good a mother anyone will be. Seen good and bad of all ages. But I sure hope she has a strong support basis.

  • usedtobelucy

    Yeesh. Talk about self sabotage.

  • Sassycatz

    See?! That’s what Idol gets for elongating the break between the show and the tour. Idle hands leads to … handsy Idols! ;-)

  • holliepop55

    How long have you and Lamar been dating ?
    We’ve been on and of but it’ll be 2 years September 3rd(:
    How do you feel about babies? Are you looking to have one soon?
    I love them!!!!…and sooner than never(;

    those are from her ask about lamar but that baby question was posted 20 days ago maybe they have been trying?she did say that Lamar would ask her sometimes on there…..im guessing they both wanted this this is just me thinking about it too much could have been just a weird fan asking!

  • No Thanks

    Well, I never thought she had a chance for a post Idol career. She (and several other Idols this year) had the worst sense of entitlement I’ve ever seen. Just a bad attitude all around. I doubt anyone was interested in continuing working with her post show (and I think she knew it). Probably why she went and recklessly has unprotected sex.

    Maybe she thinks she can score a spot on MTV’s “Teen Moms.”

  • LeahKittyS

    The age thing was more of me saying I can’t see myself as a full adult yet so I’m scared to think of how old I am, while someone younger than me is about to be a mother.

  • Kirsten

    Well, if she’s happy, I’m happy for her.

    She finished 4th on a dismal season of Idol. I think her career in the music business is probably pretty remote and would definitely be a tough slog. Maybe this will transition her nicely into a life outside of the spotlight and she can tell the grandkids when she once was on TV.

    Amber always seemed to struggle with current songs, feeling more comfortable with the standards. That’s a hard sell these days. I’m not saying she can’t or won’t have a career, but sometimes, it may not be a bad time to stop chasing rainbows and enjoy other things in life.

  • elliegrll

    I’m not a fan of Amber’s, but being pregnant does not mean that her life is over, or that she can’t launch a successful career in music. It’s 2013 not 1953.

  • usedtobelucy

    “Amber always seemed to struggle with current songs, feeling more
    comfortable with the standards. That’s a hard sell these days. I’m not
    saying she can’t or won’t have a career, but sometimes, it may not be a
    bad time to stop chasing rainbows and enjoy other things in life.”

    Sure hope this happens. This isn’t the way she came across, with her out-of-touch fame dreams, but if she can shift in this direction, then all is not lost — at all.

    And if she can adjust to having just a normal life, it’s like to be a much happier life than the fame-whorish one she seemed to be craving, I expect.

  • Kirsten

    Probably why she went and recklessly has unprotected sex.

    What was Simon’s excuse? Still, accidents do happen. The best laid plans…

    Maybe she thinks she can score a spot on MTV’s “Teen Moms.”

    She turns 20 in March. There is a HUGE difference between “Teen Moms” and Amber.

    IDK. She’s a little young, but the doesn’t mean her life is going to be a train wreck. Her father seemed very supportive of her on the show so hopefully, that means she has a good support network. It’s not something I would advise people to do, but it isn’t the end of the world. She’s not 13.

  • Tinawina

    Eh. That chick has a huge family and they didn’t look like they were hurting for money. She’ll be fine in that sense.

  • nycguy

    It didn’t kill Fantasia’s career.

  • girlygirl

    If Amber’s happy about this, isn’t that all that really matters? Hopefully she will be a good mother and the baby daddy will be a good father.

    And it’s not like her life or career are over just because she’s pregnant. Fantasia had a child before she won Idol, and even though she has struggled at times, she has still had a very nice career. And there are lots of other examples of artists who have been perfectly able to combine being a parent with building a career. It won’t be easy, sure, but it’s far from impossible.

    So congratulations and good luck to Amber!

  • elliegrll

    Why would being a mother hinder her chances of being signed. All I can think of is m.i.a. having the biggest hit of her career during her pregnancy. Being a mother didn’t put a stop to Fantasia’s career.

  • tigervixxxen

    She wasn’t anyway.

  • No Thanks

    “What was Simon’s excuse?”

    Wrongly assuming the woman was on birth control?

  • elliegrll

    That’s not a good excuse.

  • No Thanks

    That may be true. In fact, I know a woman who had 2 kids as a teenager and is currently kicking ass and making serious in roads in her dream of becoming a writer and director. BUT, this woman is focused, driven and one of the most disciplined people I’ve ever met.

    Amber still has the attitude of an entitled brat who thinks the world should be handed to her on a silver platter. Maybe the baby will force her to grow up and bring an attitude adjustment. She could still have a career, but she’s probably down for the count for the next few years and will have to start from scratch.

  • Kirsten

    If you don’t want to be a parent, you take precautions. It isn’t somebody else’s responsibility.

    If Simon assumed that, he was being pretty stupid.

    Still accidents do happen.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Given how many places Simon’s sausage has been — and that he was frying up brekkies with a woman who obviously had another sexual partner besides him — it was grossly irresponsible of him not to use a wrapper. Pregnancy isn’t the only risk.

  • Tinawina

    I honestly didn’t think Amber had much of a shot at a career right now, so I don’t think she’s holding anything back professionally. But she really has never come across as particularly mature. She also doesn’t appear to have any real direction to go with her ambitions. Sometimes motherhood helps people get it together, so here’s to hoping it all works out.

  • No Thanks

    I agree, he was being stupid (or being lied to).

  • http://twitter.com/ElizabethThe Elizabeth Rosalyn

    As long as she’s happy and has a good support system, who are we to judge? Congratulations and all the best to her!

  • Tinawina

    Heh. I think we basically typed the same thing at the same time. Great minds and all LOL.

  • Montavilla

    Yes, maybe the whole sexah pop singer package wasn’t really for her.

    I think she’ll be fine. There’s a whole world of options between Madonna and Lady Madonna. Amber will still have her wonderful voice, and probably a lot of good opportunities to sing — even if it’s just within driving distance of her home.

  • Lake

    Looks like pre-marital babies aren’t an issue in her church.

  • alar borja

    Same here..
    I was actually hoping it would or she could get beyond the seeming glitches for a career in music..
    Was thinking she’s a ” diamond in the rough ” during the competition.

  • Kirsten

    (or being lied to).

    If you don’t want to be a parent, you take steps. Don’t rely on somebody else.

    Plus, what Eilowny said. There are other risks.

    Honestly, if you are cheating with your best friend’s wife. You already know she has questionable ethics (and so do you). Maybe you shouldn’t naively trust them.

    At least Amber is in a relationship with a single guy her age. There are no other kids being hurt. It’s not easy being a young mother these days, but I have more hope for her relationship with this boyfriend than I do for Simon and his girlfriend.

  • Montavilla

    Congratulations to Amber. :)

  • royalbabiesdominate

    if she doesn’t have a great support system she will neglect her career but I don’t think that will happen her father looked really supportive but only thing I see different here is that fantasia won so it all goes back that she didn’t have much chance with finishing 4th place and this baby thing will draw her back couple of years instead of pushing her into the “commercial” package she was oh and I guess her modeling dreams can wait I think it was hard enough now its harder but she can always sing in her hometown

  • Amy Beth

    I don’t care one way or another if she’s pregnant or who the baby daddy is. But I think it’s pretty dumb to announce any pregnancy on FB until you get past the first trimester.

  • harvestmoon

    Who is she again? Exactly.
    Signed,
    Michael S.

  • Axxxel

    Then again, maybe she is already experiencing maybe morning sickness and she feels it is better for her to announce it before one of her Idol colleagues does…

  • Anny_nanny

    LOL

  • Anny_nanny

    Congratulations to Jimmy. :)

  • Larc

    There’s a little less than a month left in the tour. Only 20 concerts to go including the one tonight. Amber’s pregnancy isn’t likely to interfere with that.

  • TheREAL Amanda

    This just brings added drama to the Idol tour. I didn’t see any post idol career for Amber anyways. No crime having a baby. I think for Amber, it was an up hill battle to have a singing career to begin with. Just not a smart move on her part to be preggo right now. Image is everything and Amber comes across as real immature. Lazaro a godfather sounds good to me. lol

  • holliepop55

    the happy family

  • NatSasic

    Is anyone medically qualified/had lots of ultrasounds to make an estimate for how far along she is based on the sonogram? It’s a shame it was unplanned, but hopefully motherhood will work out for her.

  • Larc

    The biggest problem I see for Amber is not being able to devote the time and effort to development of her singing career when she’s still fresh in the minds of so many people. If she intends to be a good mother, her child will have to be her #1 concern.

  • chillj

    Uh, oh.

  • chillj

    If you have no idea of how you will support a child at that age, it is not a great idea.

  • Miss Blue

    She needs to stay off twitter and FB as her true personality seems to come out and it isn’t good.

  • surpriseleft

    Don’t get your hopes up about her boyfriend. The guy is a real loser. He recently posted a bunch of photos of himself doing drugs on his Instagram account before making his account private, presumably at Amber’s behest.

    Not that I’m defending Amber or anything. I loved her on the show, but it’s become obvious from her behavior that she’s not too bright and a borderline headcase. Some of the stuff she says on the internet is flat out idiotic and unprofessional.

  • nncw

    This is when you realize that the shows are less about the voice and more about creating instant mini celebrities. It really feels like we are peeping toms on all these reality shows – it makes us more judgmental than we would be to our close friends or associates. And that whole Burnell thing I now see was just drama created for the show. I actually liked Amber’s voice – it seems to be first teenage pregnancy for AI – that, I don’t think was produced for the show’s ratings lol.

  • surpriseleft

    Terrible comparison. Fantasia got a record deal and a multi-platinum album right after the show. Amber gets a one way ticket back home after the tour.

  • CanadianLady

    I never actually “saw” myself as a mother. Not negative about it, just never really thought about it or longed for it. I was 28 and had been married 4 years when it happened and it was kind of ,”Oh. Well, okay then.” Turned out I was an amazing mother (and we had 3 more). You just never know. :)

  • CanadianLady

    I quite liked her on the show – her voice, stylings, etc. But she’s come off as very immature since then, and I hope she manages to get some kind of music career since she has a lovely, though untrained voice.

  • lkingcorn

    Well this is a first. Or have other contestants been pregnant while on tour? This season turning into a wash for many of them. Well I’m sure Jlo can make it all right again…or not.

  • roaringpen

    *facepalm

  • chloe18

    I really hope idol fans leave her alone about this even on facebook. It’s really no one’s business or place to judge her. It’s her life and her decision.

  • chloe18

    I don’t even know who this girl is but jeez that’s really harsh and a big assumption.

  • masterwakOt

    LOL! I know this doesnt mean her career is over, career is over if she doesnt work for one, but I bet the fans that followed her inspite of her attitude cause she is an inspiration will throw in the towel, I bet she will hava miscarriage ,she doesntt look or sound like a responsible mother congrats amber …lol

  • flog gnaw

    Why are people getting so pissed? Lmfao, she allowed to f whoever she wants.

  • surpriseleft

    You’re weird.

  • LeahKittyS

    I’m happy you could make it work. But I have a list of good reasons why I myself should never have kids. Back on topic: I just hope Amber knows what she’s doing.

  • Niall

    I’m not going to say she CAN’T have a career, after all this is 2013 not the 1950′s. What I do see is a young girl who really should have been more careful because her path in entertainment was going to be an uphill climb even without a pregnancy. This is terrible timing from a career perspective because everyone knows the year or so after AI is critical. The window of opportunity is very, very small, and is now going to be mostly eaten up by a pregnancy.

    Side note, why is it so hard to use birth control?? I only bring this up because it’s clear Amber didn’t plan this. Used correctly, family planning pills or devices ARE effective, and it’s not like Amber is currently in a position where she can’t afford it. What’s the point of having birth control available if young girls over and over again are going to be all “oops! accident!.” Sigh…

  • Niall

    I think Amy Adams from season 3 was pregnant at the end of that season’s tour. She was 24 and engaged at the time.

  • curly_yenta

    Fantasia #2, without the singing talent.

  • Jasmine

    Congrats to her, I suppose. I hope this impacts her attitude in the future for the better.

  • surpriseleft

    Girls like Amber are a big reason why the black community is in such sorry shape. Having a child when you’re an uneducated TEENAGER with no stable income is an act of pure stupidity. That kid will likely grow up with no father figure in his life. Did she ever think about that?

  • surpriseleft

    Girls like Amber are a big reason why the black community is in such sorry shape. Having a child when you’re an uneducated TEENAGER with no stable income is an act of pure stupidity. That kid will likely grow up with no father figure in his life. Did she ever think about that?

  • Sassycatz

    Yeah, white teenagers never do things like that! LOL!

  • Miss Blue

    Ummm,,,,can we leave race out of this? Because this certainly isn’t confined to the black community.

  • surpriseleft

    This kind of stuff has a taken a terrible toll on the black community. Teen pregnancies and out of wedlock childbirth are much more common amongst blacks. Score another victory for the Sexual Revolution.

  • surpriseleft

    Well over 70% of blacks are born out of wedlock. You don’t think that’s a problem?

  • justmefornow

    Good luck to her and the baby, they’re going to need it.
    On the bright side, maybe somehow the mainstream media will get wind of this, give a damn, and actually mention it and the tour that no one seems to give a crap about anymore.

    But I’m not holding my breath.

  • surpriseleft

    Simon is a multimillionaire. Amber’s boyfriend looks like he eats out of a dumpster. I think I know which one I would rather be receiving child support from. :)

  • Axxxel

    Maybe some people think that talking about birth control and family planning is not romantic…

  • Tinawina
  • Axxxel

    This reminds me of that reality show of teen moms…

  • Beaugard Stevens

    I don’t understand why this means her career is over- many women have children and have careers. Lots of childless idols have flopped, it’s not really the deciding factor

  • Axxxel

    Wow, thanks Tinawina for the clarification.. Moral of the story… There is progress… and some people still have to learn to use birthcontrol to their advantage and some people still have to learn how to interpret statistics…

  • Jake W.

    Now that would be something.

  • thirdtime

    I feel sorry for this baby. That’s all I’m saying.

  • Axxxel

    It not about the “who”, it is about the “when” and “how”…

  • usedtobelucy

    On the other hand, maybe we’re now on the cusp of the new age of reality shows: Blended Concepts.

    This one could be: Teen Mom With an X-Factor (or XX, as the case may be)

    (Hmmm. Never replied to myself before. My blog posting groweth weirder.)

  • No Thanks

    There are plenty of dumb ass white, latino, native american and asian teenagers too having babies out of wedlock. Don’t put it all on blacks.

    Aren’t most of those girls on those “Teen Mom” shows, white?

  • Axxxel

    Agree about the child support.. and in the meantime, Simon;s ladyfriend is having her whole lifestory spread over the tabloids…including her marriage and what happened when she was 16 years old… talking about a slowly but surely public character assassination.

  • jpfan2

    No one is saying her career is done but any gig directky from idol are done. Due to pregnancy she’ll.e out of action for about a year

  • Tinawina

    LOL! Basically.

  • Axxxel

    No, it is about striking while the iron is hot…immediately post Idol… If not with an album, at least with other engagements…

  • Valarie

    Idols need to break out before the public forgets them. By the time Amber’s baby is born, there will be another season of Idols, XF grads, and two seasons of the Voice. It will be ‘which Amber was she’?

  • surpriseleft

    What a joke. He acts like it’s no big deal that 72% of blacks are born out of wedlock because the black fertility rate has been declining since the 1970′s and because the birthrate of unmarried black women has gone down. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. When you have 7 out of 10 black babies being born out of wedlock, you have a serious problem. Any claims to the contrary are simply bullshit.

  • Bugme Nomor

    It’s not a surprise the birth rate has declined from 1970 because the same is likely true of women of all races. The number of women using the Pill increased by over 50% from 1965 to 1969. Abortion was legalized in 1973. Out of wedlock births have likely increased as there are more women in the workforce and they’re less dependent upon men for support.

    “In the mid-1990s, a third of Americans were born outside marriage.

    Now, it is 41 per cent and 53 per cent for children born to women under 30.

    Nearly three quarters of black children are born outside marriage compared with half of Latino babies and 29 per cent of whites.

    There is also an education divide, with 92 per cent of college-educated women married when they give birth compared with 43 per cent of women with a
    high school diploma or less.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2103235/Most-children-U-S-born-wedlock.html#ixzz2b25NdRsw

  • Incipit

    Hah. Neither is changing dirty diapers and dealing with projectile vomiting romantic.

    People who “think that talking about birth control and family planning is not romantic…” are proving they are not mature enough to be a parent. IMO. Of Course.

  • Cory Patrick

    Don’t get me wrong, although I’m shocked and feel like this could hold her up a little bit I still see a bright future for her, and will continue to support and be a fan. She’s still brilliant at what she does.

  • surpriseleft

    Here are some “statistics” for you to digest, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control:

    http://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/LongDescriptors.htm

    Despite reductions in teen birth rates since 2000, the rate for black and Hispanic teens is over twice as high as for non-Hispanic whites.

    http://www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets/2012/world-population-data-sheet/fact-sheet-us-population.aspx

    This is why you can’t look at birth rates in isolation like Wise is doing in his blog post. Birth rates in the US are at historic lows across the board because of the state of the economy. That doesn’t change the fact that blacks are much more likely to be born out of wedlock, or somehow diminish its significance.

  • Bugme Nomor

    Other statistics to consider:

    “In 1960, 72% of adults were currently married and 15% were never married. The share of adults who were currently married dropped to 51%, and the never married group increased to 28% in 2010.”

    “Only 9% of adults ages 18-24 were married in 2010, compared with 45% in 1960. Among adults ages 25-34, fewer than half (44%) were married in 2010, compared with 82% in 1960.”

    “The age at which Americans marry for the first time has been rising for decades. In the 1960s, most men and women married by their early 20s. In 2011, the median age at first marriage is in the late 20s…”

    “The proportions currently married by racial and ethnic group diverge notably. More than half (55%) of whites are married, a decline from 74% in 1960. Among Hispanics, 48% are married, compared with 72% in 1960. Among blacks, only 31% are married, compared with 61% in 1960.”

    http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2011/12/14/barely-half-of-u-s-adults-are-married-a-record-low/

  • Tinawina

    They’ve been trending down in the black community for years even before the economy took a downturn. The white teen birth rate is rising,

  • D Tyler

    Do girls not know the availability of birth control pills? Or even second day pill? Congrats if its what she wants, a baby is precious after all. However, you are only 19 once and time to catch your dream is short.

  • Tinawina

    Actually everything you posted is pretty much what I just said.

    Black married women used to be more heavily working class and tended to have bigger families. Now black married women tend to be middle class and like the rest of the middle class, have dramatically less babies.

    This is more of an issue of black women in their 20s not waiting for marriage to have babies, particularly one who are not college educated. The not getting married part coincides with the decline in manufacturing jobs, the rise of the drug trade and the increase of incarceration rates that went along with it. In other words, the pool of marriage-worthy black men in their 20s have shrunk even though black male college attendance is at an all time high, and some black women are not seeing marriage as a realistic thing to wait for.

  • girlygirl

    Do guys not know about condoms?

  • NatSasic

    Lots of girls don’t feel comfortable artificially pumping their body with hormones. Having said that, everyone who is sexually active – men and women – needs to be responsible about the potential consequences of sex and be prepared to deal with them. Amber seems to be dealing with them.

  • Thug?Kat

    Why is CeCe Frey’s leopard print on Amber’s arm? lol Anyway, Amber comes across as abrasive and immature from her tweets. This guy looks like a thug and likely Amber will be taking care of the baby herself. Most of these boys will be gone when the baby arrives. Not saying it’s right or wrong to have a baby at 19. But it’s not a good career move.

  • Eric Ascher

    Fantasia wasn’t a teenager when she was discovered by idol.

  • elliegrll

    If that’s the case, how is she like Fantasia? She doesn’t have the Grammy noms or wins, hasn’t sold the amount of albums that Fantasia has, nor does she have an audience like Fantasia does, so how is she Fantasia #2?

  • Joob

    The trainwreck part…

  • Joob

    Well, she’s the one that posted it on Facebook. So, your point?

  • elliegrll

    That’s an interesting way to look at things, especially since so many black young black women under the age of 30 are choosing not to have children.

  • surpriseleft

    Wrong. According to the CDC data I posted, the white rate was declining as of 2011 and was the lowest since 2000.
    Keep in mind that those are annual statistics. 47 live births per 1000 females means that roughly 5% of blacks aged 15-19 will give birth in a given year. Those numbers accumulate every year. Probably around 20% of black teens will give birth by the time they’re 19. Those are awful numbers.

  • curly_yenta

    Out of wedlock teen pregnancy and a top 10 Idol contestant. That’s how…… and oh yea…. they are both dumbass fools for gettin’ themselves in this position. Gettin’ knocked up at 19 without a husband = loser. The only difference is that Fantasia was knocked up TWICE. This Amber fool only once…. but give her time.

  • Indigobunting

    So sad when kids are having kids. Especially unmarried kids :(

    Wouldn’t wish this on anyone, just as I hope it doesn’t ever happen to my children.

    No matter what spin you put on it-both mother, father and baby are starting out at a major disadvantage-hard enough to be a parent without starting out in a difficult situation.

  • Bugme Nomor

    What you said was that the birthrate for black women was declining. The article you linked to suggested the percentage of out-of-wedlock births was skewed by single women giving birth more frequently than married women.

    I pointed out similar statements could be made for women as a whole.

    If that’s the case, the percentage of single black mothers is not as easily explained away.

    You have now introduced the notion that this is because “the pool of marriage-worthy black men in their 20s has shrunk.”

    That is an interesting perspective and somewhat valid, I believe.

    The question then is why are they bearing the children of these men? Why are they not waiting until they complete college and can find a better partner?

    Because it’s not just “some black women” who don’t see “marriage as a realistic thing to wait for,” it’s a majority.

  • Bugme Nomor

    Good luck to Amber and her child. While it’s true their future may be more daunting than if the pregnancy was planned, no one knows what the future holds. Many children who have hard upbringings grow up to be successful because they’re driven to secure their future. The most important ingredient is usually a mother whose love has instilled a belief in oneself. That said, it appears Amber comes from a family that will support her emotionally and can help financially while she finds her footing.

  • Tinawina

    When I wrote you had confirmed what I said, I was talking about the response to another post I had just put up, not my original post. I never claimed that the trend among black women was occurring apart from general trends. I considered what you posted back up. I think the difference here is I’m not trying to “explain anything away”. I was trying to add context.

    Usually these conversations happen in a sort of “Oh my God these irresponsible amoral teens are ruining everything” or “black culture sucks!” kind of way, and since I’ve actually had to research this topic, I was trying to point out that the real issue is actually a bit more complex. I’m not arguing that it’s not an issue, just that it’s not quite as simple as “bad teens”. It seems to be more about men without jobs and futures when you look behind the numbers.

    I haven’t read any research about the motivations of the women, but I’m guessing if one is assuming (perhaps correctly) that one’s likelihood of getting married is low, it really is a choice between forgoing having children all together or doing it alone. When women pop up pregnant now, they may be more likely to think there is less a reason to wait for a better time or better partner. They may just be rolling with it, expecting they can do it alone if they have to (they are likely to have seen lots of women doing it alone), and not thinking anything is likely to change down the line. It is worth noting that a in a lot of the poorest communities, men are not expecting to be alive (or not in jail) past age 25. So perhaps people are making their decisions in that kind of context. Maybe. Like I said I haven’t seen research about it, so I’m just speculating.

  • CanadianLady

    Thanks for the very interesting discussion here. I’m always on the lookout for interesting statistics and such re people. More food for thought.

    And I sincerely wish Amber and her baby all the best.

  • CanadianLady

    Or figures it out quickly.

  • No Thanks

    Fantasia had baby #1 BEFORE her Idol run. So, theoretically, her winning gave her a second chance at fulfilling her musical dreams.

    And, despite tons of hard times, Fantasia is one of the few Idols still with a record deal and making a good living in the entertainment business.

    Amber, on the other hand, blew her shot immediately after she was given it.

  • Tinawina

    The overall white rate is declining but the teen rate ticked up a bit. Still the second (?) lowest rate though.

    You can’t figure out black teen births that way. The rate changes every year and some girls give birth more than once during that period. But I bet you could find out the actual number through Google.

    In any case, whatever the number is it is too high. But that wasn’t the point. The point was, the black unwed birth rate isn’t really so much driven as much by the teens as assumed, and doesn’t represent a community that is not curtailing their behavior. The rate had been dropping for black women of all ages for a very long time – women are having less babies than they used to, not more – but certain segments of the community have dropped faster than others, and women in their 20s without college degrees are not getting married at the same rate they used to.

    And none of that is the same as saying it’s not a problem.

  • Tcporto

    People still say things like “out of wedlock”? Geez, that’s so archaic… It’s better when kids are married? All right then…

  • No Thanks

    I’m more concerned that conservatives discourage sex education and birth control for teenagers. You would be amazed at how naive teens are about that. Just ask Bristol Palin. ;o)

  • Happyhexer

    Sad, but I think there is some truth to this. It’s a complex issue.

  • Happyhexer

    Not gonna lie. I’m disappointed. Initially I was a fan of Amber’s, but as the season progressed, my belief in her ability to navigate the music industry to even a modestly successful career took a nosedive. Amber has come across (to me at least) as wildly immature and unrealistic. So all that raw talent is unlikely to come to fruition.

    At least Amber is right about one thing. It is her life, and the most important thing is that SHE is happy and content with her life. It really doesn’t matter what I think.

    At least the baby will have a sweet grandfather. I thought Amber’s Dad was adorable! (So is Candice’s.)

    (P.S.) Wonder if Jimmy is just as happy that he and TPTB weren’t able to shove Amber down America’s throat? Didn’t he think Amber “was the whole package.” Good voice? Check. Good looks? Check. Good figure? Check. Good judgment? Umm, no.

  • Happyhexer

    Didn’t Paris Bennett have a baby when she was around 17 or so? Love her voice too. Paris put out a lame album, with only a few good songs, but she followed up with a stellar Christmas album. My fav ever.

    Hard to say how having a baby will affect the lives of Paris and Amber, and their chances for a music career, in the long run. But it sure doesn’t make things easier . . .

  • Mateja Praznik

    Having kids out of wedlock is not a big deal. Having them at 19 isn’t ideal, but it could be worse. In any case, Amber won’t be the first nor the last one having a child before turning 20. It’s not the end of the world.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Didn’t Paris Bennett have a baby when she was around 17 or so? Love her voice too. Paris put out a lame album, with only a few good songs, but she followed up with a stellar Christmas album. My fav ever.

    According to Wikipedia, Bennett’s daughter was born when Bennett was 20, more than two years after her Idol run. Actually, Baby Bennett showed up right after that Xmas album probably finished its studio recording in fall 2008.

    Bennett then started work on an album in 2009. It never got released, though there was a single, so she was clearly able to do some work with a baby on board. Her music-buying fanbase from the show was tiny — first album sold 22,500 total — so I dunno that career/family conflicts are the key issue.

    Bennett auditioned for The Voice, I think S3, but didn’t get very far.

  • ellen8

    Fantasia won – and she already had the baby before AI. Lots of difference to me.

    Amber’s career – not off the ground at all and she will be forgotten after the tour if she doesn’t promote herself.

    Wow and I just read Eric – GMTA – LOL

  • surpriseleft

    Paris Bennett isn’t a very inspiring example.

  • surpriseleft

    Fantasia was lucky to compete on the show when it was still hugely popular and relevant. Idol is only good for cranking out WGWG one-hit wonders these days. There is no way she would be successful if she competed today.

  • elliegrll

    Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, Diana DeGarmo, Justin Guarini, Kat McPhee and countless others competed on the show when it was very popular too, but they didn’t launch the successful career that Fantasia has, which tells me that he success didn’t just come from being on the show.

    Fantasia is special. There are not a lot of idol alums with her stage presence, or who can perform and connect with an audience like she does. She also does a great job of selling herself to those in radio, which is one of the reasons why they support her, but the main reason why they support her is because their listeners love her music.

  • zebracrunk

    Her boyfriend kinda looks like a street punk, so combine that with Amber being 19 years old, and I’m not going to say congratulations. A lot of people say “I’m so happy for you!” and stuff just so they don’t look bad, but come on. I feel sorry for that baby.

  • voco_qara

    Yeah Fantasia would’ve been successful whatever year she competed. She is way too brilliant

  • Pippygirl

    In a fair and just world, guys and girls would be equally responsible for a pregnancy. However, it is the woman whose body is altered by pregnancy and birth, and it does women no good to rant and rave about how men should be equally responsible for a pregnancy. They just aren’t.

  • LeahKittyS

    Someone posing as an Amber fan is bashing her on Twitter because of this, and Amber is sticking up for herself.

    https://twitter.com/AmberAI12/status/364065712198782978

    Candice is also sticking up for her, so I’m pretty sure the other Idols know about this.

    https://twitter.com/CandiceGlover/status/364051622273351681

  • emme1000

    Well it was nice knowin’ you Amber…be a good mom

  • surpriseleft

    That girl is a freaking psycho. She’s been stalking Amber on twitter for months.

  • Jaejae1

    Her career is over. Stupid stupid. Oh well…someone really taught her a lot about priorities.

  • Kariann Hart

    Or maybe both. With all of his affairs, he’s lucky he hasn’t been tripped up before – or maybe he has. David Letterman became a father in his 50′s and truly seems to enjoy being a father. Maybe Simon will surprise people? LOL.

  • curly_yenta

    I agree. Fantasia got LUCKY. She’s had a lot of problems in her personal life and one of the biggest was an out of wedlock pregnancy twice. She and Amber are no different in that respect.

  • curly_yenta

    I would put 2 of the five Idols you mentioned in the “just as successful” category as Fantasia and I can think of more than a few that have the same monster stage presence as her, but this discussion is not about Fantasia. Only by comparison to Amber. And both have made stupid, dumbass decisions.

  • voco_qara

    “Just as successful as Fantasia” Really?which ones? Fantasia is still producing critical acclaim worthy albums. She’s still winning and being nominated for major awards years after she won Idol(she won a Grammy in 2011). She has won awards and has gotten rave reviews for her work in theatre. She’s still getting a lot of airplay and chart success in her genre for her music. Imo, none of those 5 get anywhere near Fantasia’s success.

  • Kick – A**

    I thought the same. The boyfriend looks like a gangsta thug and Amber is his gangsta girl. Her thug personality shows on her twitter. Hopefully, it’s the last I see or hear of her. The guy is going to end up dead or in prison. Amber will be a single druggie mom with another 5 kids living off the tax payer. Don’t hate. The truth hurts!

  • zebracrunk

    How did S12′s Idols have a bad sense of entitlement? I’m not denying it, but I can’t think of any real proof. (even though Amber seemed rude behind the scenes)

  • SteelWauhterz

    With all do respect, that is the most sanctimonious, condescending, litter box liner I’ve ever read. I will acknowledge that there were a couple that that the “edit” showed a bad attitude, but on the whole, this group was gracious,coachable; looked for areas of improvement, and came to work with their lunch boxes and hard hats in hand.

    Making bad decisions, throwing caution to the wind is common during the teen years, and Amber has not been the only Idol to engage in unprotected sex. God knows the consequences could have been worse than pregnancy, and her response is to take the high road. No discussion of an abortion, not hiding her “mistake”, but embracing this new life.

  • Ponkiiee

    what happened to her dreams? =( oh well, i think she’s happy. best of luck to her

  • KCF

    What a shame.

  • holliepop55

    amber did say that she went to get the sonograms with all the other girls so i am guessing they were the first to know?
    edit:and about that fan if you look at her photos,timeline she was actually a fan i guess shes disappointed

  • Landon Cox
  • Reflects On Life

    That tattoo on the back of her arm looks like a disease.

  • http://pinkapostrophe.blogspot.co.uk/ Sammie

    Good for Amber. There is absolutely NO reason she can’t sing and have a child at the same time. Careers and children are not mutually exclusive and she seems happy – so I’m happy for her.

  • elliegrll

    How has she been lucky? She has music that people want to hear and buy, which means that radio stations are going to support her. That’s not luck, that’s being good and marketable.

  • elliegrll

    Who are those three? None of them have put up the number of number one or top ten hits that Fantasia has, none of them still have a record contract, none of them even released a second album for their original label. None of them have sold the number of albums that Fantasia has. None of them have been as marketable as Fantasia has been, and none of those names has been able to launch a commercial career at the level that Fantasia has. None of them have the number of Grammy noms that she has had, or even the one win that she has to her credit.

    Getting pregnant, which happens to a lot of female artists, has not held Fantasia back. No matter what may be going on in her personal life, which is no different than what is going on in the personal lives of countless artists, it doesn’t take away from her talent or what she’s been able to accomplish.

  • halo9125

    That photo of Amber and her boyfriend doesn’t exactly make either of them look like they are capable of nurturing a child.

  • taptap

    I don’t understand. How does the picture of a couple smiling speak to nurturing capabilities one way or another? It looks pretty much like every selfie couple picture I’ve ever seen.

  • taptap

    The economy is only one reason for low birthrates. Low/lower birthrates are a hallmark of a) every first-world nation vs third-world/developing nation, b) the middle-class population vs the lower-income population, a) the ~wealthy vs the ~poor.

    The trend is clear; if you’re from a developing nation that is heralding in a strong middle class, or you’re from a first world nation moving up the economic ladder into the middle class or higher, you will, on aggregate, experience lower birthrates.

    Poor people have more children because a) they’re often from agricultural societies that needs hands in the field to support a farm (that’s a financial imperative), b) the infant mortality rate is high so you want to ensure a reasonable number of surviving children to carry on your DNA (that’s a biological imperative), or c) birth-control information and/or services are restricted due to social convention or unavailable due to financial status.

  • waitingforthe1

    Seriously? It’s a baby not TB for crying out loud.

    She was never going to have a mega career coming off idol anyway so how this puts her in a worse situation is beyond me. She’ll still get booked for the same type of gigs that lower tier idols get booked on.

    She’s 19, not 16 or 17. She’s an adult and clearly capable of making her own decisions. Did people think because she was on idol and unmarried that she was a virgin? LOL

    and I just have to say the racist undertones in some of the comments here reveal a lot.

  • waitingforthe1

    Sorry, do you assume that every single mother is on welfare or just the African American ones? smh

  • Ronnie D

    American Idol material. Right. lol

  • taptap

    This sort of confirms my theory that AI has devolved to a conservative social base. Celebrities in all categories have babies – it’s the human condition and biology ensures the continuation of the species one way or another. But apparently American Idols are exempt from this biological imperative.

    Teens are naive and inexperienced. And since they’re at a hormonal peek, they have sex. Always have, always will. Some of them get pregnant. That’s just the way it is – ask Sarah and Bristol Palin.

  • girlygirl

    I don’t know. I remember the hateful criticism Fantasia got during her season on Idol when it was revealed she was an unwed mother. Seems like the reaction to Amber’s news is not nearly on that same level.

  • Ronnie D

    Her career hasn’t even taken off yet and she goes and gets pregnant. Shows a lot of immaturity on her part. Plus her attitude totally sucks IMO. So you are right, she is a lot like other “celebrities.” I wonder if the family Christmas pics will be like the one used for this article. lol

  • Ronnie D

    I don’t call that smiling in that pic. lol Maybe something else.

  • Ronnie D

    She will sell her story to the first tabloid that offers enough, if they are even interested.

  • raya

    I’m more concerned about that hideous tattoo she’s sporting on her arm. But anyway, it’s Amber’s life and all that. I will say though that personality and attitude wise I’ve never been a big fan of this girl and I can’t see her having much of a career until she gets a bit of an attitude adjustment. Child aside, I don’t see her being cut out for this business.

  • SteelWauhterz

    I beg to differ with you. Fantasia is that once in a generation artist with the “X Factor” (someone Simon will never have) who will always transcend the current state of the industry or show. There is not one Idol winner that can carry her sweat stained towel as a performer.

  • SteelWauhterz

    Not sure how she compares to Fantasia. Don’t see it in the slightest.

  • Mateja Praznik

    I think the problem lies in the show’s name. American Idol. Many people expect Idols to be worth idolizing and be good role models for American children and teenagers that watch the show. That’s why most contestants are so wholesome. It’s a family show.
    I don’t think the whole “Idol” idea went that far in other countries. It’s too bad they had to change the show’s name from Pop Idol.

  • Happyhexer

    Well, I could have looked that up before I posted, lol. No idea why I had 17 in my brain. Glad she was a little older. Like I said, I love her jazzy Christmas CD, and would love to get more music from Paris in the same vein (jazzy, not Christmas)!

  • gem2477

    I don’t care about her career. I care about her child that will grow up fatherless.

  • Tinawina

    IKR. The girl is just immature. Her responses to even mild criticism always make her seem like she’s in middle school. I find that more problematic than her single mom status. If this was Melinda Doolittle or Erika Van Pelt or Elise someone like that. I wouldn’t bat an eye. Those are grown women who know how to handle themselves, know who they are and have been taking care of themselves for a long time. Amber just seems like she’s a 14 year old trapped in a grown woman’s body, But like I said before, babies have been known to force people to grow up fast, so perhaps Amber will have incentive to get herself together. I sincerely wish her luck,

  • Mateja Praznik

    Fatherless child … what a tragedy. NOT.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    it does women no good to rant and rave about how men should be equally responsible for a pregnancy. They just aren’t.

    Men are, however, equally likely to get STDs, which using a rubber goes a long way toward preventing.

    Young men who are too self-absorbed to grasp the concept that “unexpected pregnancy requires two people” should nonetheless be able to comprehend “bad things could happen to my d!ck.” STDs are a lot easier to catch than babies, and the niceness, charm, romantic potential, and other good qualities of one’s partner have very little bearing on their riskiness if they have also had multiple partners.

    So no, I don’t buy that pregnancy is the gal’s fault for not using the pill, when the guy should have already been insisting on protecting his throbbing manhood from ghastly-ghastlies by wrapping it up.

  • gem2477

    look at the statistics. Kids are much more likely to grow up better and with less trouble with two parents there.

  • gem2477

    I don’t think Lazaro bats for that team. LOL

  • Pippygirl

    Who said anything about it not being the guy’s responsibility? Of course it is.

    Practically speaking however which partner is more likely to be the one raising and supporting the child when the parents aren’t married? I don’t see many 19 year old guys raising a child full time by themselves (of course there are some I’m sure).
    So if a woman doesn’t want to be in that situation she had better make sure he wraps up his “throbbing manhood”. It does her no good later on to say “Well he didn’t think of it either!”.

  • No Thanks

    Probably because this happened AFTER her Idol run. She’s not threat to conservative values now. She’ll just fade into obscurity.

    I was more upset with Fantasia over being illiterate than the unwed mother thing.

  • No Thanks

    And outside of Country and Christian music, being an ideal “Idol” makes you NOT ideal for real life pop stardom.

  • taptap

    What else would it be?

  • Tito Melito

    Amber wasn’t going to have a big musical career anyways. What income will she be using to support her baby? The tour money will dry up quickly. Good luck to her.

  • Tito Melito

    The baby’s daddy looks like a nincompoop.

  • usedtobelucy

    Agree. I have to say that she struck me as being pretty bright, just also pretty spoiled (and delusional, of course, but that’s a kind of common condition) — hence her kind of arrested development. I’ve known some families who’ve handled this situation in such a way that they spurred the maturing process, so maybe that’ll happen here. Sometimes parents with quite a lot of good sense still end up spoiling their kids, but if they have the sense they can help turn things around.

  • Denise Booth

    I thought Amber had a bad attitude on the show and it sounds like she still has a bad attitude. She seems to have a sense of entightlement I wish her the very best now that she is going to be a Mother. I pray she will be able to meet the babies needs, as the baby is now the one that should come first.

  • MyDailyComment

    Why did you decide her child will be fatherless??

  • Bluebeat

    Oh no……………..Amber had such a bright future ahead of her.

  • Jerry

    As usual, condescending, judgmental, insensitive comments on this blog. Sad.

  • Leah Hoffman

    Why are you making this assumption? The father is pictured with her, was tagged in the photos. You don’t know the guy. Maybe he already has the ring on layaway. He could be an incredible, involved father. You really don’t know.