Claudia Conway, 16, tells American Idol judges social media means her ‘voice is being heard’


Claudia Conway, 16, told American Idol judges social media has meant her ‘voice is being heard’ after she has been ‘suppressed’ for most of her life.

The 16-year-old daughter of former Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway and Lincoln Project cofounder George Conway is seen speaking out about her ‘hard’ upbringing during a new clip of her audition on the show.

Claudia will appear in the first episode of the series airing on Sunday 14 February on ABC.   

Her appearance comes after the teen shot to fame on TikTok over the last year, with over 1.7 million followers watching her blasting her parents’ politics and getting into fights with her mom. 

Last month, police in New Jersey launched an investigation after Claudia accused her mom of posting a topless photo of her on Twitter before she later backtracked saying Conway wasn’t to blame.

Claudia Conway, 16, told American Idol judges social media has meant her ‘voice is being heard’ after she has been ‘suppressed’ for most of her life. Pictured Claudia at her audition

The 16-year-old daughter of former Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway and Lincoln Project cofounder George Conway speaks out about her 'hard' upbringing during a new clip of her audition on the show

The 16-year-old daughter of former Donald Trump aide Kellyanne Conway and Lincoln Project cofounder George Conway speaks out about her ‘hard’ upbringing during a new clip of her audition on the show

The audition clip, shared by People, shows Claudia opening up to judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan about how social media – and singing – had helped her get her voice heard.  

‘I’m Claudia Conway. I’m 16,’ she says at the start of the clip.

‘My mother is Kellyanne Conway. She worked for Donald Trump. And my dad is George Conway. He’s a lawyer he worked against Donald Trump.’

The judges are all seen looking at each other and smiling with Richie saying ‘wow.’ 

‘It’s a lot, but I agree to disagree with my mom and my dad,’ Claudia tells them.

The TikTok star explains how it was ‘hard’ growing up with her mom working for Trump and said her ‘feelings had been suppressed’ before she joined social media and started posting about her own views. 

‘When your mom is working for the President of the United States, who you very much disagree with, it’s hard,’ she continues.

‘Most of my life, my feelings had been suppressed so then I got social media and I was like, ‘Well, yeah. Now my voice is being heard,” she says.

Claudia adds that she now ‘want[s] to get out of the controversy’ and focus on her singing.

Claudia will appear in the first episode of the series airing on Sunday 14 February on ABC. Claudia's father George accompanied her to the audition

Claudia will appear in the first episode of the series airing on Sunday 14 February on ABC. Claudia’s father George accompanied her to the audition

A commercial for the show released Monday also featured images of Kellyanne on a giant screen in the audition room (above)

A commercial for the show released Monday also featured images of Kellyanne on a giant screen in the audition room (above)

‘The internet can be a very, very dark place,’ she says. 

‘But when life is all going downhill, I have my music. Now, I kinda want to get out of the controversy, get out of the drama and let people know that I am a singer and this is what I want to do.’

The clip also features a home video promo video filmed before the audition.

In it, Claudia speaks to the camera while climbing out of a window.

‘So you probably know me as 15-year-old emancipation girl or that blonde woman from Fox News’ daughter. I’m a little more than that,’ she says.  

Claudia’s father George is also seen in the footage standing outside the audition room door and encouraging her before she took to the stage. 

‘You’re going to do great,’ he says giving her a hug as she replies: ‘Thank you dad.’

Claudia's appearance on the show comes after the teen has shot to fame on TikTok over the last year, with over 1.7 million followers

Claudia’s appearance on the show comes after the teen has shot to fame on TikTok over the last year, with over 1.7 million followers

Claudia has repeatedly hit out at her mom's conservative views and support of Trump

Claudia has repeatedly hit out at her mom’s conservative views and support of Trump

Meanwhile, Kellyanne has previously said she supports her daughter’s music career and saying she is ‘proud’ of her for ‘sharing her beautiful voice’.

‘Claudia and her siblings are taught to be independent self-starters and free thinkers who dream big and aim high. She sets goals and works toward them. Of course, American Idol is next level!’ she told People. 

‘We are proud of Claudia for entering the arena and sharing her beautiful voice and inspirational message about mental health with others.’ 

A commercial for the show released Monday also featured the 16-year-old showing her telling the judges she was ‘very nervous, but very excited.’

It showed Claudia introducing herself to the judges as well as images of Kellyanne on a giant screen in the audition room and the teen sitting next to George. 

Host Ryan Seacrest is heard asking aloud in a voice-over if Claudia would receive a Golden Ticket to Hollywood.

Perry tells Claudia: ‘We want an American idol.’

It is not clear if Claudia got through the audition stage of the contest. 

American Idol will premiere Sunday on ABC and include Claudia’s audition.

Claudia first announced she would appear on the show back in November in a video on her TikTok account.

In January, police in New Jersey launched an investigation into a topless photo of Claudia that was posted to the former Trump aide's Twitter. Pictured police at the Conway home

In January, police in New Jersey launched an investigation into a topless photo of Claudia that was posted to the former Trump aide’s Twitter. Pictured police at the Conway home

Claudia had accused her mother of leaking the image on Twitter's newly launched Fleets feature, which deletes posts after 24 hours. The teen later walked back her comments and apologized (above) insisting in videos on TikTok that Kellyanne 'would never intentionally do that' and said her account was probably 'hacked'

Claudia had accused her mother of leaking the image on Twitter’s newly launched Fleets feature, which deletes posts after 24 hours. The teen later walked back her comments and apologized (above) insisting in videos on TikTok that Kellyanne ‘would never intentionally do that’ and said her account was probably ‘hacked’ 

‘Hey guys, I’m here at American Idol confessional,’ she says in the video.

‘I met Ryan Seacrest today and I have my audition soon, so stay tuned for that.’  

Claudia has repeatedly hit out at her mother for her conservative views and for her support of Trump.

Kellyanne was a close adviser to Trump and his third campaign manager during the 2016 race for the White House, helping him beat Hillary Clinton.

Meanwhile, George is vocally anti-Trump as a co-founder of the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican group which sought to stop him getting re-elected.  

Kellyanne left the White House in August after months of public feuds with Claudia shared which the teen chronicled on her TikTok.

In one video, Claudia threatened to seek legal emancipation saying her mother’s job had ‘ruined her life’. 

In January, police in New Jersey launched an investigation into a topless photo of Claudia that was posted to the former Trump aide’s Twitter.   

Claudia had accused her mother of leaking the image on Twitter’s newly launched Fleets feature, which deletes posts after 24 hours. 

The teen later walked back her comments and apologized insisting in videos on TikTok that Kellyanne ‘would never intentionally do that’ and said her account was probably ‘hacked’. 



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