Lauren Alaina just dropped the music video for her newest single, “Road Less Traveled”.
The American Idol alum opened up about the track in recent interviews, saying that the song is a reminder to herself.
“I had an eating disorder for four years. I struggled with an eating disorder for four years because I wanted to try to fit into what I thought someone else wanted me to be, and that is horrible,” Lauren revealed. “I mean, it’s still a process. I want to share this message because I don’t want other people to feel the way that I felt, and I still feel that way sometimes. It’s an everyday process to wake up in the morning and be nice to yourself. There’s always gonna be someone skinnier than me and someone more blond and someone that can sing better than me or write better songs, but they’re never gonna be me, and they can never offer what I can offer, and that goes for everybody. We’re all unique.”
She added, “I wrote this song as a reminder to myself that, ‘Hey! It’s cool to be different, and you can achieve your dreams and your goals, but you have to believe ‘em. You can’t achieve something that you don’t believe in and you’re scared of.’ So, that’s kind of what I want to share.”
“I met this incredible and inspiring man when I was sixteen,” Lauren captioned an Instagram photo with him. “We took a hugging picture, and it made my life. I will never forget that moment. Prayers to the Ali family. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” #muhammadali”
Lauren Alaina performs on stage for the Welcome Summer! event, hosted by Coastal Living & Virginia Beach at Time Inc. on Tuesday (May 10) in New York City.
The 21-year-old country singer, who is currently working on her next album, recently opened up about her struggle with bulimia.
“I just desperately wanted to be thin,” she shared with Time. “That’s all I thought. I was obsessed with it, which it was ridiculous because I had everything going for me. I was following my dream. Everything I wanted at the time, I was getting. But I was obsessed with this other thing that was making me unhappy.”
Lauren continued about how she overcame it, “My mom made me look in the mirror every day and say three things that I loved about myself. At first, I couldn’t name anything. It was so sad. When my mom made me do that, I looked in the mirror and I literally couldn’t name one thing that I loved about myself.”
“I really like my eyelashes,” she added. “That is such a stupid small thing, but it can be anything. I like to be funny and outgoing. I try to remind myself of the things that I like about myself that make me who I am.”
All three singers are set to take the stage during the finale to perform, including a performance from Jordin alongside former judge Kara DioGuardi.
Jordin took to her Instagram to reflect on how much she’s grown up since auditioning for the show.
“#TBT 2006 when I auditioned for my favorite show. 10 years later & I remember like it was yesterday. The glo-up is so real!! Lol <3 @americanidol #80066 #idolfarewell #idolfinale #BecauseYouLovedMe #11spoonfulsofsuga," she wrote
She later added, "10 years later....proof of the glo-up!! Ha! ????@americanidol #idolfarewell #80066 #idolfinale."
The 21-year-old singer was joined at the event by Scotty McCreery, the winner of her season of American Idol.
Cassadee Pope, the winner of the third season of The Voice, was seen walking the carpet with her longtime boyfriend Rian Dawson. She is set to be performing with Chris Young during the show this evening!
The 22-year-old “Peter Pan” singer was surprised on stage when Academy of Country Music CEO Bob Romeo came onstage to present her with the New Female Vocalist award, which she was announced as the winner earlier in this month.