The Livingston, La., teenager, Laine Hardy, who reached the Hollywood Round in the American Idol as a high school senior in 2018, is now an American Idol favorite as a new man in Season 17.
Although he entered the audition round to play guitar for his friend Ashton Gill, he is now the winner of this season with a huge fan following.
Are you one of those fans who are interested to know something more about Laine that you did not get to see on the stage of American Idol? If so, here we’ll give you some insights on his life behind the cameras.
Laine Hardy’s Personal Life: Relationship, Dating & Girlfriend
It’s not unusual at all if you are curious about Laine’s personal life after all he’s such a cute and a talented singer who can mesmerize anyone with his soulful voice.
Since Laine first came to the auditions to play the guitar for Ashton, you might have thought that she must be someone very close to him. But if you are still assuming her as his girlfriend, let us make you clear that Ashton is his best friend’s sister.
When Laine first arrived at the season 16 of the American Idol, he had a girlfriend, but when he again came back to the show, Luke Bryan asked him why hasn’t he asked a girl out yet. Responding to it, Laine replied that he has a girlfriend.
And when Katy asked whether she is the same one whom he was dating during the first audition, he replied it’s the different one.
Moving into Laine’s new relationship, he is currently dating Sydney Becnel. Although he has shared quite a few pictures with Sydney on Instagram, Sydney is not hesitant at all to flaunt their relationship. There are various pictures on Sydney’s Instagram handle, which suggests that they are blissfully dating each other.
Do you know that Laine's sister Brittany calls his girlfriend Sydney her future sister-in-law? Well, back in December 2018, Brittany shared a picture from the family Christmas party featuring her brothers Laine and Kyle with their girlfriends. She captioned the picture stating, "My first picture with my future sis in law’s!!!"
Not only Brittany but the entire Hardy family has approved Sydney as Laine's girlfriend.
Sydney is even supportive of Laine’s journey in the American Idol. For the Idol finale on Saturday, Sydney boarded a flight to Los Angeles with Laine's family.
Laine Hardy with his girlfriend Sydney Becnel in October 2018. (Photo Credit: Instagram)
When Laine reached top 8 in the show, he celebrated the achievement with his partner in crime, Sydney, and their family. And now, he has already won the show.
Well, when coming to the American Idol for the second time, Laine did not just get a new girlfriend for him but also got new teeth.
Laine Hardy’s Journey To American Idol
He arrived at the America Idol’s audition last season as a high school senior from Louisiana. Then 17-year-old Laine was able to secure a ticket to Hollywood but couldn’t make it to the Top 50.
And in American Idol 2019, he made a comeback in the show as a guitarist to his friend Ashton Gill. After the first spotlight on Ashton ended, the judges asked Laine to sing. He was then able to grab the golden ticket by singing an impromptu version of the Weight's "Take a Load Off Annie/Fanny."
Today, Laine Hardy, age 18, is a top contender for the grand prize. He was competing as one of the Top 8 contestants against Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Alejandro Aranda, Laci Kaye Booth, Alyssa Raghu, Walker Burroughs, Madison VanDenburg, and Wade Cota. And on the Week 4, he was selected as one of the top 3 contestants alongside Alejandro Aranda and Madison Vandenburg. On the Finale on May 19, Laine was announced as the winner of the seventeenth season of American Idol.
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Laine is also an entrepreneur with his own clothing line where he sells Laine Hardy caps, shirts, phone grips, guitar picks and many more.
Short Bio, Wiki & Family
The fan favorite Laine Hardy was born 2000 and celebrates his birthday every year on September 12. He was born to very supportive parents- mother named Cindy Lou Hardy and a father named Barry Hardy.
His father Barry is a successful general contractor. He works for BDH Construction LLC, in Livingston, Louisiana. Similarly, his mother is a real estate agent who sells the houses made by Barry. She has collaborated with Property Frist Reality Group for her business. With the group, she sells houses all around the Baton Rouge area, Geismar, Prairieville, and, Denham Springs, and also gives DIY tips and helpful information on mortgages on her business Facebook page.
Laine shares a strong bond with his parents. On the occassion of his mother's birthday on April 27, 2019, he shared a picture with his mom and dad on Instagram and wished his mother her birthday. In the caption shared alongside the picture, he stated that his mother is the one that matters most to him. He even wrote how thankful he is for sacrificing so much to support him and for always taking care of him.
Laine Hardy pictured with his mom, Cindy Lou Hardy, and dad, Barry Hardy. (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Laine completed his high school education from French Settlement High School in 2018. Born and raised in Louisiana, Laine discovered his interest in music after his first guitar lesson with Jodys Music. Since then he has sound, rhythm, and beats all in his veins. Talking about his siblings, he was raised with sister Brittany and brother Kyle.
His sister is married to Kevin Banta with whom she has four daughters.
Talking about Laine’s earnings, he assembles his net worth as an entrepreneur and singer. He even released three singles in 2018. It includes a cover of his American Idol audition song, "Hurricane," and two originals "Louisiana Lady" and "In the Bayou."
Since Laine has now won the show, he'll take the grand prize money and to help jump-start his music career with popular music record labels.