Kris Allen Breaks Arm in Head On Collision (But He’s OK!)

Photo: Kimberly Allen

Oh no! Kris Allen and his wife Katy were in a head on collision today. Katy is fine, but Kris broke his arm. His mom, Kimberly Allen, tweeted that the Season 8 American Idol winner is fine, but in a lot of pain and may not play guitar for awhile.

Kimberly adds that both Kris and Katy are pretty beat up. Kris’ arm is being set today, and he’s scheduled for surgery tomorrow. Prayer are welcome, she says…

Oh. And Zorro the pup is fine too! Shook up, but not injured.

The photo Kris’ mom tweeted reveals that he has kept his sense of humor during the ordeal. That’s a very good sign.

ETA: Kris tweets that his upcoming Out Alive tour will go on as planned. The tour kicks off on January 8.  He’s also tweeted some REALLY REALLY GOOD NEWS TOO! He and his wife are expecting a baby! Read more here.

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  • ZsusK

    Oh my gosh! Healing wishes for Kris and Katy! What an awful experience!

  • Eileen99

    Godspeed Kris!  So glad they both appear to be relatively OK.

  • XoLuv2SingOx

    glad they’re ok! btw, kris won season 8, not season 9.

  • Shoria

    You mean Season 8?

  • washpd

    Season 8, winner, tho ;) 

    Seriously, this is very scary. I’m glad to hear that he and Katy were not more seriously hurt. 

  • girlygirltoo

    So so scary. It could have been much worse, of course, but this is still horrible. Hopefully the surgery goes well, with no complications and Kris and Katy will both heal quickly.

  • Goodvibes27

    Glad to see Kris is keeping his sense of humor! It’s bad, but I’m glad it wasn’t worse.

  • MariaB

    Wow MJ, I expect that kind of error from the regular press but it is your JOB is to follow Idol. Kris was on Season 8. #sloppyreporting

  • teekee

    Prayers for Kris. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

  • fantoo1

    He looks terrified in that picture :( I would be too…

  • mjsbigblog

    *eyes roll*

  • dy

    I am so upset as a Kris fan, but thank goodness they are all OK. Tours can be rescheduled; I’d rather he take the time and heal this arm injury properly. I’ve had a near head-on, it’s a very scary experience and they will be very bruised and in pain for awhile. They’re definitely in my thoughts and prayers.

  • luly

    Very scary :( I wish him a speedy recovery.

  • MellyPer1692

    Wishing him a quick recovery

  • Axxxel

    Ugghh, a broken bone must be one of the most painful physical experiences…

    Hang in there Kris Allen… Hope you recover soon. Luckily Katy and Zorro are ok…

    When was Kris scheduled to start his tour ? Hopefully not anytime soon…

  • roarpen

    So scary, glad he will be ok. 

  • tripp_ncwy


  • girlygirltoo

    One week from today

  • tripp_ncwy

    lol Gotta love them.

    Kris Allen Breaks Arm in Head-On Collision Car Crash

    “Kris Allen looks visibly distraught while trying to relax in his hospital bed after breaking his arm in a head-on collision car crash on Tuesday (January 1).”

  • anonoymous

    *shakes head* People make mistakes. It happens. MJ gets it right 99% of the time, and makes one mistakes by putting the wrong idol season and it’s like she forgot who Kris Allen is. 

    MJ, mistakes happen, so don’t worry about it.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Alex Trugman @alexWTrugs
    Everyone please send your good thoughts and love to @KrisAllen and @katyallen on a VERY quick and full recovery from their car accident.

    Belinda Thomas @belindasLAmusic
    Sending get well wishes to @KrisAllen. Glad to hear that you and Katy are ok.

    jim cantiello @jambajim
    Wishing @KrisAllen @katyallen & @ZorroPup a speedy recovery. Let’s all send virtual hugs. (But carefully avoid his broken arm, internet…)

  • Axxxel

    Thanks…Ouch… Oh well….Recovery is more important right now…

  • Axxxel

    Thanks !

  • Elizabeth

    Wishing Kris and Katy a speedy recovery.  Thanks for the picture – good to see that he is doing okay and still has his sense of humor.

  • Goodvibes27

    Kris is probably on so many pain meds right now that perhaps even he couldn’t tell you which season he won.

  • nekola

    So glad to hear that Kris, Katy and Zorro are going to be ok. Car crashes in general are very scary, but a head-on collision is just… Thank goodness no one was seriously hurt. I hope Kris takes his time recovering and not rush back to perform before he is able.

  • beck1982

    Ever heard of typos? Seriously back off. MJ does a great job.

  • tucker davis

    Thinking of Kris & Katy and sending positive thoughts & prayers. I had a minor wreck and was sore for two weeks. It will take some time to heal, but all his fans are just thankful it wasn’t any more serious. 

  • Kesia Monteith

    “Kris Allen looks visibly distraught while trying to relax in his hospital bed”

    No, really? He looks mighty dandy to be there. LOL

    Man, this got me scared though. I nearly feared he was truly messed up, but luckily it was just his arm. Still, freaky stuff, and thank God you and your wife is alive, Krissy Poo (yes I like to call him that, whatev, haha)

    Wishing a speedy recovery to my pocket idol :)

  • jan

    I am happy that Kris and family are okay – and hope that continues to be the case. I hope he recovers quickly and gets that guitar playing arm back in shape. 

  • girlygirltoo

    I was in a head on collision with a highway barrier a couple of years ago when my tire blew out (ironically, I was driving to a Kris concert when the accident happened). I’ve never been so scared in my whole life, so I can imagine what Kris and Katy are going through. I was very lucky and it sounds like Kris & Katy were as well. 

    I don’t know what will happen with his tour, but the most important thing is that he and Katy recover quickly.

  • breakdown

    Best wishes to Kris for a speedy recovery! Scary stuff and thank God it was not worse.

  • Miz

    So glad it wasn’t worse and both Kris and Katy (and Zorro) will be ok. Kris certainly is maintaining his goofy sense of humor despite it all.

    I sort of freaked when this picture showed up at the top of my FB newsfeed. That arm must be pretty bad to require surgery. I hope he doesn’t have to cancel or postpone too many shows. I know it will kill him to not be able to play guitar.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Looking at several medical sites depending on the type of fracture Kris has there is a 4-to-8 weeks recovery time for just a displaced fracture with therapy starting 1 -2 weeks in. More serious fractures can be 10 weeks or longer. Since they were just setting his arm tonight he probably has a closed displaced fracture & will need wires, plates, nails or screws to proper position the bone(s). 

  • tucker davis

    Ouch…now I feel worse for him. That sounds very painful!

  • MissMyEm

    Wishing Kris a speedy recovery.  Kris is one tough cookie.  I have faith in a speedy recovery.  I’m glad it wasn’t worse.  When his friend Rick tweeted he was in a head on collision, my heart was in my mouth.   Also so very glad that aside from being shaken up, Katy and Zorro are okay too.   The photo is so typical Kris being silly and made me laugh in spite of it.

    As for the tour…we shall see.   I’m hoping for the best but the main thing is for Kris to rest up and get better.   Praying for the surgery to turn out alright. 

    Thanks MJ for posting this.

  • B

    Good humor and funny facial expressions intact while his arm is broken:)

  • B

    Someone commented on the Jared site with an appropriate line from the lyrics to Kris’ song “Live Like We’re Dying”

    You never see a crash till it’s head on

  • lovetheusa1776

    Will this affect his playing – need rehab?  Got to be painful.  Poor guy – just at the beginning of his tour.

    Was going to his concert in Annapolis this month.  The first was re-scheduled because of Sandy.

  • Ronnie D

    Maybe this will help boost album sales hehe. Nah, I’m glad he’s ok. 

  • Nadine_Bitch


    It’s just a typo for god sake!

    Anyway, Kris is really a funny guy. I opened the thread wanting to know what had happened, then I see his picture. lol I’m glad he and his wife are okay though.

    Get well soon, Kris Allen.

  • Axxxel

    I think his non-fans (like me) are grateful too that it was not any more serious  !!

  • Pippygirl

    So JustJared thinks Kris looks “distraught”? They must not be used to his goofy faces, lol.
    So glad Kris, Katy and Zorro are all okay, though Kris will no doubt need some rehab to get his arm back to normal.

  • tripp_ncwy

    OMG Kris speaks:

    Kris Allen @KrisAllen
    Thank you @Ford for equipping me with a car that kept my whole family @katyallen @ZorroPup and the little one we have on the way safe.

    Kris Allen @KrisAllen
    Don’t worry everyone I may have broken my wrist but the #OutAliveTour is still on.

  • girlygirltoo

    Seeing some UNCONFIRMED reports that the other car involved in the accident may have crossed the median and hit Kris and Katy’s car, and that the accident happened in or near Maumelle, which is where his parents live (I guess the local news in Arkansas reported on this?)

  • James M.

    “Kris Allen

    Yes I got in a really bad wreck tonight and yes I’m having a lil baby. #gonnabeadaddy


  • fantoo1

    Oh wow! So they are having a baby!!

  • XoLuv2SingOx

    yay! kris just tweeted that he and katy are expecting a baby! congrats to them! :)

  • MellyPer1692

    Awww congrats to Kris & Katy!

  • HopeForMusic

    I am so relieved that Kris, Katy and Zorro are relatively okay.  Katy will likely have to be pretty tough with him, to get him to give himself the appropriate recovery time.  Kris lives music, but he’s going to have to be patient here.  His fans aren’t going anywhere, so hopefully recovery will take priority, and as someone mentioned, he can take advantage of the tedium of recovery and write some more wonderful music.  I’m just so grateful that no one was seriously hurt, although for a musician, an arm fracture has to be pretty difficult.  Anyway, I will pray for them to get through this as well as possible. 

  • Niall

    Wow, I’m glad the Allen Family is ok! Especially with a baby on the way. Congrats Kris and Katy!

  • hoosiermama2

    Oh my heart jumped when I saw that headline! Sooo scary! But I’m glad Kris and his family are going to be ok. The tour can wait–healing is more important now. Sending prayers for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!

    But damn if he still doesn’t rock that white tee even in a hospital bed!  :-)

  • Miz

    Whoa, Kris and Katy are having a baby! The Out Alive tour is still on. What a way to start the New Year.

  • girlygirltoo

    Congratulations to Kris & Katy on the baby news! That will be the cutest, tiniest baby ever :)

    And yay that he doesn’t have to cancel/postpone the tour

    But wow, this must have made it even scarier for everyone with the accident.

  • Pippygirl

     Wow, talk about a rollercoaster of emotions for Kris fans! That is going to be one adorable baby-congrats to Kris and Katy!

  • durbesque

    WOW The bad news turns good!  Now it’s the wrist…I think the right wrist.  It’s the left hand that does most of the guitar work, so maybe he’s not just being optomistic, and the tour will go on.

  • Shoria

    Kris and Katy live in Maumelle. 

  • tripp_ncwy

    Daniel Allen @DA4Real
    @KrisAllen s 1st words after setting his broken arm, “I HAVE TO MAKE THE 1st SHOW GUYS, I HAVE TO MAKE THE 1st SHOW!!!” #DEDICATIONBRO

  • MissMyEm

    Kris is okay.  Katy is having a baby.  Both Katy and Zorro are okay.  And the OutAlive tour is still on.   What a guy.

    This might be a good year after all.  

  • Kesia Monteith

    Squeeeee! Krissy Poo will be a daddy! So awesome. Wow, now more than ever before am I grateful that accident was only minor. Good Lord, especially with a new one on the way. Phew!

    But man this is great news. Despite record deal issues and this shitty accident, Kris will have a new wonderful bundle of joy for new year :D

    Happy New year Kris Allen!

  • tripp_ncwy

    No they live in Conway but Kris’ parents live in Maumelle.

  • bridgette12

    Glad to hear Kris and his wife are fine, except for the broken arm of course. Congrats to both of them on the upcoming baby. 

  • roarpen

    Awwwwwww……a baby on the way – such good news for them. I’m so glad they are all ok.

  • girlygirltoo

    This was an eventful day, huh? I thought Katy might be pregnant after seeing some interesting tweets from some of their friends recently. :)

  • girlygirltoo

    No, they live in Conway. His parents live in Maumelle.

  • hellomusicgirl

    Awwww! I’m not sure if I should say congrats or… congrats? lol. So glad to hear that Kris and family are ok and so great to hear about the little one on the way!! Kris is a trouper for sure.

  • http://MJO judes

    Thank you MJ for saying Kris was Ok in the headline – as it alleviated my initial shock when I saw headon crash. Then i saw his tweets where he said the baby is okay & I thought -how quckly bad news can change to good. Wonderful news.Kris can be a real front man & just sing for a while & leave the music to the band-good on him or being so positive.

  • Elizabeth

    Congratulations to Kris and Katy.  Very happy for them.

  • Montavilla

    Congratulations to Kris, Katy, and Zorro for the new addition.  Thank goodness the collusion wasn’t worse.  My thoughts will be with him until we hear how the surgery goes.

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    lol are you joking right

  • mtlfan2

    omg i’m glad i read first there was ‘only’ a broken arm in the head on collision.
    That he needs surgery is not very good news because it seems to be badly broken.  Hope it will go well and he recovers fully from this.
    To read that his wife was pregnant makes this accident so potentially worse, anyhow I’m glad she’s ok!

  • tripp_ncwy

    katyallen @katyallen
    .@ZorroPup snuggling with his daddy :)

  • Kariann Hart

    Kris’ Mom says he’ll be having surgery tomorrow.  I want to wish him a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.   He can look forward to a sweetheart of a healthy baby! May Kris and Katy have a healthy, happy recovery!

  • parsenip

    Jeez I almost had a heart attack when I heard about the crash (in my e-mail on a “reply” to me from a post here!).  I’m just so glad everyone appears to be okay.   Putting thoughts out for a speedy recovery.

    That picture of Kris and Zorro comforting each other is so sweet.  Thanks for posting tripp.

  • Triskel4

    Kris may be a little overly optimistic about his tour — my broken wrist took 8 weeks.  Although after a couple of weeks, if I had been inclined, I bet I could have strummed a guitar.  Really stoked about baby Allen.  Two such cuties are bound to have an adorable child.  So much news.  I think I’m verkelmpt

  • Connie

    “will need wires, plates, nails or screws to proper position the bone(s).”

    Yeah, I can hear Kris after his surgery tomorrow.  “Now I really am Titanium.”  You can just hear the banter at his upcoming shows…

    I went to See Kris at George’s five days after tearing my rotator cuff and fracturing my arm – nearly passed out from just standing there.  I can’t imagine him being able to perform in a week.  Kris has great fans – I’m sure every one of them would rather see him get the treatment and rest he needs to heal.  He has many years of concerts and music ahead.  I hope he reconsiders and does whatever the doctors tell him to do. 

  • parsenip

    Maybe he’ll hire another guitarist?  He could possibly play a little keyboard.  At least he can still sing!

  • mtlfan2

    I saw this tweet earlier:

    Taylor Weston?@thetaywest
    @KrisAllen I’ll play guitar for you. @calevis24 knows.

    It seems there is a plan :)

  • Miz

    Isn’t his first concert the one near Newtown, CT? I think that one is very important to him.

    I fractured my radius and ulna once. I’m an artist and writer and despite the pain and the cast, I found a way. I drilled a hole in the cast to put a pen or pencil in. Not saying Kris will or should find a way to play the guitar, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he cheats a little.

  • girlygirltoo

    Depending on what Andrew is up to, maybe they could get him to come out on tour to play guitar. Or they could hire another guitarist or piano player (in latter case, Cale would just play guitar). Kris has performed as a front man without playing an instrument before, so although it’s not his preferred thing, he could definitely do it. A broken wrist shouldn’t keep him from doing a modified version of his planned tour, anyway, as long as he’s careful with it and doesn’t overdo it.

  • Connie

    I suspect it’s all going to depend on the extent of his injuries and the surgery. I had to go to physical therapy three times a week for several weeks. Also had tons of pain and pain meds which zapped my energy.  I’m sure Kris will be back as quickly as he can – I just hope he takes care of himself.  I agree that as long as he doesn’t overdo it he’ll be fine.  I’m just not sure a week is enough time to recover from surgery. However, if anyone can do it Kris can!

    I would love to see Andrew back with the band…

  • John S

    Prayers for a speedy and full recovery. 

  • KelseyW

    Wow…Not exactly the best way to start off the new year. So glad that Kris, Katy, and Zorro are alright. Wishing them all a speedy recovery!

    So there’s gonna be a new Allen in the household too?! I can’t imagine what must have been going through their minds today. Congrats Kris and Katy!!!

  • Ratna12

    Prayers for Kris and I hope that the surgery will go smoothly.
    Hopefully Katy, Zorropup and the little one are all OK. :)

  • Incipit

    how quckly bad news can change to good.

    Wow, what a way to start 2013. Good to hear the damage was no worse, but that’s a heck of a note for the Allens and their families during the Holidays…but with a positive spin on what can be done about the tour, it still comes out as good news with the baby story, and congrats to them! 

    Bones take as long as they take to heal, wishing Kris an uncomplicated recovery…and a great tour when he gets to it!

  • Jonins

    Just a thought, have anyone heard from Adam or Allison or other AI friends giving out reassurances or something to Kris thru tweets? Only Alex Trugs did so far.

    Just wondering.

  • Axxxel

    No idea, Adam is in Vietnam right now….

  • nyc57

    When i saw that picture, I knew that Kris would be ok.That funny face he made reassured us that he  would be fine.

  • blackberryharvest

    So sad :( But it at least looks like he has a sense of humor about it so I am glad he is alright. 

  • blackberryharvest

    Just curious, how did the accident occur? Whose fault was it, etc. 

  • HKfan

    Don’t know if Adam would have heard, he’s in Vietnam. And from what I can gather in interviews they don’t really keep in touch anymore.

  • Valarie

    I hope Kris makes a fast recovery, and the rest of 2013 is much nicer to him than Jan. 1.

    Huge congrats to Kris and Katy on the upcoming birth of the Amercan Idol winner of 2030!

  • dy

    Isn’t his first concert the one near Newtown, CT? I think that one is very important to him.

    Not the first stop (Killington, VT 1/8) but January 10 I believe, in Ridgefield which is near Newtown.

    He can sing and let someone else play guitar if he really wants to be there. He’ll be in pain though. I hope he does whatever is best for him medically in the long term (and I say this as someone who has tickets for the 1/15 show).

  • dy

    The twitter rumblings are that the other driver crossed the median and struck Kris’ car.

  • dy

    Adam just tweeted congratulations and get well soon to Kris and Katy.

  • justmefornow

    Congrats on the baby news and hope he feels better soon.

  • washpd

    @Shoria No, they don’t. They live in Conway. His parents live in Maumelle.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Allison Iraheta @AllisonIraheta

    #just heard about Kris and Katy’s accident.. so glad you guys are ok! if i know Kris Allen, i know a few injuries wont stop..

    #him from doing what he loves!! to a speedy recovery!! and to a kick ass 2013 for you both!! specially now that you guys are bringing in a

    #light into this world.. congrats.. love to you guys!

  • buffynut2001

    Broke my wrist once. It is more compliccated than a break on a straight bone because it is bones in a joint. I also had to have surgery to set it correctly. The worst pain was before the setting. After surgery, it was mostly a dull soreness. Speculating that the airbag probably broke his wrist.
    Seems to me, the only thing Kris will need to do the tour will be someone else to play his guitar parts. Pretty sure his voice will be just fine :)

  • girlygirltoo

    Kris’ dad tweeted a picture of the car. Thank goodness for seatbelts and airbags…

  • YankeeFan08

    Wow, that was a bad crash!  Can’t imagine how frightened they must have been.  Thank goodness they are okay. 

  • Luz Mae Salvador

    Glad they are fine!! Thank God!! I love kris since idol.

    Congrats to both of them too!!! 

  • tripp_ncwy

    Ridgefield Playhouse @RPlayhouse
    #idol winner @KrisAllen got into bad car accident new years day but he is a tough one and is still on to perform here Jan 10th!

  • mtlfan2

    geez that’s pretty bad. They were lucky to come out only with a broken wrist 

  • parsenip

    I saw this tweet earlier:
    Taylor Weston?@thetaywest@KrisAllen I’ll play guitar for you. @calevis24 knows.
    It seems there is a plan :)

    That sounds promising!  Kris mostly plays rhythm so it shouldn’t be too complicated to bring in someone to sub for him.  I kind of recall a show in Florida, or somewhere in the SE, where Kris used another guitarist.  Is this the guy (or am I imagining that?)?

    I can’t believe Kris, Katy and Zorro all walked away from that crash.  Ford should be proud of this car.

  • mtlfan2

    i don’t remember another guitarist in the band but i remember another drummer for a show – i don’t remember where

  • tripp_ncwy

    Andrew DeRoberts is the other guitarist from KAB. He currently lives in Nashville but is part of another band. So if he is available & willing, he could easily step in. He has played most of the new songs already from a previous show last summer.

  • JudyOhio

    “Kimberly adds that both Kris and Katy are pretty beat up.”

    Regarding that sentence in the story at the start of this thread:
    Since Kimberly says both Kris AND Katy are pretty beat up, I’d like to know more about any injuries Katy has sustained.  I’m hoping any and all medical testing for baby Allen and his momma after the wreck rules out any complications, in the shortterm and longterm.  She’s a tiny lady and I would think the physical impact of that crash had to really jar her body pretty hard.

    sidenote:  Zorropup in the arms of Kris just melted me.  Dog lover that I am, I could just feel Zorropup trembling inside but loving being in his daddy’s arms by just looking at that picture.   Such a sweet/sensitive moment.

  • Connie

    The other drummer was for the Magic Springs show last July in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Andrew came from Nashville so it was a full band show but without Ryland or Drew on drums. Can’r remember the name of the drummer but he was good.

  • girlygirltoo

    Surgery tomorrow morning…

    #Getting ready for surgery tomorrow morning. Gonna get this hand back to 100% no matter what it takes.

    Aww, Melinda  :)
    #@KrisAllen You got this! :-) Praying for ya! Oh…and super congrats on the baby!!!