Former American Idol Winner Samantha DiazA mystery illness has taken her to the hospital.
“I’m grateful for the prayers everyone,” the season 18 champ, 23, wrote via Instagram Story on Friday, August 26. “I’m doing much better now.”
Diaz — stage name Just Sam — shared several snaps of her hospital room, alongside cryptic messages about her condition. “100lbs is crazyyy,” she wrote in a second Story slide. “I seriously need help.”
The New York resident was initially taken to a local facility on Wednesday, Aug 24, before being discharged several hour later.
“Thank you to everyone that checked on me. I am ALIVE and out of the hospital,” Diaz noted via her Story on Wednesday, according to Heavy. The “Safe N Sound” musician then shared a get-well-soon card that she had received.
“Guys, look at what my baby got me. Awwww! After such a horrible day, oh my gosh,” Diaz gushed in her Story at the time.
The former reality TV star was feeling better and was on her way to recovery, but she ended up returning to the hospital on Friday.
While Diaz has not given any further information about her health, she did become famous during season 18. American Idol — its third season on ABC — in 2020. Despite the outbreak of coronavirus, Diaz won the virtual finalist prize. Diaz, just 21 years old was the first at-home winner. She won this prize after performing weekly via Zoom setups.
“Can I thank America now? My dreams have come true,” Diaz gushed during the May 2020 finale. “My grandmother has been saying that she doesn’t believe that people like us can have their dreams come true. This is proof to her!”
She added at the time: “I kept on pushing, kept on singing and look where it’s brought me. I hope to inspire all the little girls who believe their dreams can’t come true. Anyone can do it.”
While viewers —And judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie — were wowed by her impressive vocal talents, Diaz also shared the inspiration for her “Just Sam” moniker.
“In high school, they didn’t know which category to put me in,” she revealed during one episode. “I wasn’t a girl, not a boy, but both. And I’m like, ‘Just Sam — it sounds perfect. I think I’m going to use that as my stage name forever.’”
Since her Idol Diaz has been making music throughout her tenure. Her latest single, “Pain is Power,” dropped earlier this month on streaming platforms.