Maren Morris has come to her own defense after receiving criticism for taking her toddler to a drag show, asserting that the outing was “completely harmless.”

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.


Country singer Maren Morris recently defended her decision to take her toddler to a drag show last year, describing the experience as “completely harmless” and even labeling it “family-friendly.”

During her appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” the 34-year-old singer discussed Tennessee’s law, which prohibits drag shows from being held in venues where children are present.

“We were at a benefit at Bridgestone last year during the time when Tennessee was enforcing the drag ban,” Morris shared with the host. “There were drag queens all around, entertaining the crowd. One even danced with me while I was performing my song, ‘The Middle.’ It was an incredible and enjoyable experience.”

She continued, “My son enjoys watching me, especially when I’m in the makeup chair. He’s fascinated by the colors and everything. It was just a completely harmless and fun outing.”


“But I think it’s just such an amazing expression of artistry,” Morris continued, “and so I just think like normalizing it and making it seem like these are just people that love dressing up too, is an amazing thing. It was an all-ages show so, it was completely family-friendly.”

Reflecting on her journey, Morris shared with the host that motherhood has inspired her to become an activist.

“I never set out to be this activist or advocate,” she remarked, recalling the early criticism she faced in 2016 with her debut single, “My Church,” which was labeled as “blasphemous.”


“It crystallized when I became a mother,” Morris shared. “I want to be able to do music forever, but I want to do it on my terms. And if it costs me fans by standing up for people that truly need all of the megaphoning, I am okay with you, like, not being at the show.”

Last year, Morris made headlines when she challenged authorities in Tennessee, daring them to arrest her after revealing to the crowd at the “Love Rising” concert that she had introduced her son to Drag Queens at the event.

Morris joined a lineup of other performers at the LGBTQ+ benefit concert held at the Nashville arena. Various stars performed and raised funds to combat legislation targeting transgender procedures for minors and prohibiting drag shows in the presence of children, as noted by Billboard magazine.


When it was Morris’ turn to take the stage, she shared with the audience that earlier in the day, she had brought her toddler son to meet several drag queens in their dressing rooms.

Morris recounted how her son was “delighted” to watch the drag queens as they worked on their hair and makeup in preparation for the show.

“Yes, I introduced my son to some drag queens today, so Tennessee, f***ing arrest me,” Morris boldly declared to the audience.

Morris shares her four-year-old son, Hayes, with her ex-husband Ryan Hurd.