From the stage to the slammer.
“American Idol” winner Laine Hardy was behind bars Friday after being charged with planting a listening system in his ex-girlfriend’s dwelling quarters at Louisiana State College.
The nation crooner, 21, was taken into custody after his former flame discovered the voice recorder at her campus lodging this month.
The feminine pupil isn’t named within the booking document released Friday by the nineteenth Judicial District Courtroom in East Baton Rouge — however the report does state that she dated Hardy between November 2021 and February 2022.
The “Memorize You” singer has been notoriously non-public about his private life and didn’t debut a girlfriend throughout these dates.
The singing sensation has stored tight-lipped about his courting life since successful “American Idol” again in 2019. Nevertheless, he has been linked to 2 completely different girls throughout that point interval.
Hardy seems to have had a two-year on-off once more romance with highschool grad Gracie Lee, 19, earlier than it formally ended final summer time.
In the meantime, in 2020, local outlets claimed the crooner was linked to LSU pupil and pageant queen, Sydney Taylor, 20. The pair each contracted COVID-19 after being snapped canoodling with each other.
Neither Taylor nor Lee are believed to be linked to the present felony case. The Put up has contacted each girls — and Hardy — for remark.
Gracie Lee appears to have been Hardy’s longest love, with the pair showing thus far on and off for 2 years.
In June of final 12 months, Hardy took to Instagram sharing a collection of images with the brunette, implying that they had been again collectively after a quick hiatus.
“Simply wished to say I’m very grateful for this girl proper right here,” the “Memorize You” singer captioned his post, with out explicitly calling her his girlfriend.
“She’s a keeper Laine, don’t let her go once more. In case you do, will probably be a significant loss you’ll by no means regain,” one fan — who had seemingly adopted their relationship — warned.
In the meantime, Lee’s web page options a number of images with Hardy, stretching again to 2019.
In November of that 12 months — simply six months after Hardy took house the “American Idol” title — she posted a couple snap with the caption: “My honey.”
Three months later, on February 14, she shared a Valentine’s Day tribute declaring she was in love with the singer.
In the meantime, Hardy seems in various Lee’s different snaps, earlier than she stopped sharing images of him final summer time.
“Are they nonetheless collectively? There aren’t any posts just lately of them collectively so I’m questioning?” one involved fan publicly posted after the couple photographs dried up.
In the meantime, it seems Hardy loved a fling with gorgeous Sydney Taylor in the summertime of 2020 — whereas seemingly on a break with Lee.
Later that very same day, he returned to Fb to announce that he contracted COVID-19.
Two days later, Taylor — who research mass communications at LSU — introduced that she, too, had come down with the virus. An article in The Advocate on the time described Taylor as Hardy’s “girlfriend.”
It’s unclear after they cut up, however she now seems to be courting LSU baseball star, Trey Shaffer.
On Friday morning, Hardy was taken into custody after being charged with leaving the listening system in his unnamed ex’s residence.
LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard informed The Put up in a press release: “Laine Reed Hardy (Non-LSU pupil) was arrested by LSU Police right this moment and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Jail for violation of 15:1303 — Interception and Disclosure of Wire, Digital, or Oral Communication. His arrest warrant has been filed with clerk of court docket.”
The singer is charged with leaving a listening system at his ex-girlfriend’s campus lodging at Azalea Corridor so as “to observe her conversations” after they broke up, after courting from November 2021 by way of February 2022.
In response to jail reserving paperwork, “the sufferer suggested that final night time, whereas watching a film along with her roommate, [they] situated a tool, showing to be a cellphone charger below the sufferer’s futon.” After googling the system, “she discovered it to be a VR-500 Voice Activated Recorder.”
Hardy didn’t reply to The Put up’s requests for remark earlier than surrendering to authorities this morning — however he did converse to his 737,000 followers on Facebook final night time, saying the LSUPD issued “a warrant because of allegations made in opposition to me.”
He didn’t specify what he was accused of however famous he was “totally cooperative” with cops as greater than 12,000 of his followers posted reactions and messages of help.
Hardy’s reserving doc goes on to state that in mid-February, “the sufferer … discovered a pretend Instagram on the Defendant’s cellphone that he used to cowl up that he was illegally recording her when he was not round.”
The docs additionally factors out that Hardy “had details about the sufferer and her actions throughout Christmas break that was not recognized to the defendant.” When the feminine pupil “confronted” Hardy he “admitted that he left a ‘bug’ in her room later discarded it in his pond,” in keeping with the report.
After the sufferer found the system nonetheless in her room — she turned it over to LSUPD, at which era the authorities discovered audio of his “distinguishable voice” and heard his identify being repeated by different events. On the second to final recording, dated Feb. 2, the “sufferer is heard telling somebody about how she found out the Defendant was recording her” — however she “doesn’t know if the bug continues to be in her room.”
When contacted for remark concerning the costs, Hardy’s reps informed The Put up they might not touch upon the “pending investigation.”
Nevertheless, his legal professional C. Frank Holthaus confirmed that “Mr. Hardy did obtain a warrant for his arrest [Thursday] and has been and can proceed to be fully cooperative with the Baton Rouge Police Division on this matter. Because of the public nature of Mr. Hardy’s occupation, we ask for privateness at the moment.”