Katy Perry is back at work on ‘American Idol’ 6 weeks after giving birth

And we're obsessed with her nod to pumping.

Katy Perry back to work
Katy Perry/Instagram

Six weeks after giving birth to her first child, Katy Perry is back at work!

The 'Fireworks' singer has officially returned to the set of American Idol, which just began filming its fourth season.

Perry and fiancée Orlando Bloom welcomed their daughter, Daisy Dove, back in August. Since then, Katy's kept it hilariously real on social media, with posts about postpartum underwear and pumping.

Her Idol return is no different.

The ABC show released professional pictures of the hosts on set, standing near their new tables. And Perry announced her return to the show with a tongue-in-cheek post on Instagram. "MUTHA MILKS is back to werk @americanidol and it's 🍼udderly🍼 ridiculously MOO-ving already! 🐄 Not pictured: my pumping breaks 🙃 (shout out to @csiriano for the incredible custom costume 💅🏻✨)"

At Motherly, we know that returning to work following the birth of a little one comes with a host of challenges: physically, emotionally and more. We love how Perry is embracing the work she loves and also talking about the difficulties of pumping and providing for her daughter. It's a tough balance that parents across the world face every day.

For anyone wondering how American Idol will resume amid the pandemic, the show's got a plan. In August, ABC announced that judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Perry, as well as host Ryan Seacrest, would return for the fourth season of the reboot. They also put out a call for virtual auditions for the upcoming season. (Side note: There's still time to submit your virtual audition tape, if you're interested.)

The singing competition show is also making socially distanced changes to its format. According to People, the judges will now sit at separate tables. All shooting will take place in California and the cast and crew will adhere to safety guidelines. The show was the first reality competition to begin airing remotely when the pandemic started.

Katy Perry shares what Orlando Bloom is really like as a dad: 'It's all good' 

Orlando Bloom

The new mom doesn't have to worry about her little one while she's gone, though. Perry says fiancé, Orlando Bloom, is a great dad! Speaking to ET, the singer opened up about feeling grateful for a job that she loves and missing her little girl while she's at work.

"It's amazing. I'm so grateful for this opportunity and for this job, and to be able to continue to inspire other people to go after their dreams," said Perry. "I mean, my life just feels very full and whole. And you know, it's hard a little bit these first couple of days away and not being able to be there."

"But Daddy's doing a great job. Daddy has stepped in," Perry continued, describing Bloom. "I've seen the Bjorn on him, I've seen him with the bottle, I've seen all the pictures. It's all good."

The Pirates of the Caribbean star says he's enjoying raising Daisy and loves his new role as "the baby whisperer."

Appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Bloom said that he's sharing a Buddhist mantra with Daisy – and it definitely seems to calm her. "I would wake up in the morning and [chant], which is what I do anyway every morning," he told DeGeneres. "So now, I walk into the room and [Daisy] hears my voice and she sort of soothes a bit. She likes it, she responds very nicely. It's like I'm a baby whisperer. I'm definitely winning the daddy points."

Finding a balance between parenting and work life is hard. We applaud couples like Perry and Bloom who are working together to raise their little ones and enjoy their careers.

[This was originally published October 9, 2020. It has since been updated.]

Jamie Orsini is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, military spouse, and a mom to two busy toddlers. In her spare time, Jamie volunteers with the Solar System Ambassador program with NASA/JPL and reads anything she can get her hands on. She’s currently working on her first novel.

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