In a photo posted to her Instagram story on Sunday, Underwood included a picture of herself on the stage of the singing competition, crying tears of joy as the show’s host, Ryan Seacrest, stands in the background.
“14 years ago today ... my world changed,” Underwood wrote. “It’s true when I say that ‘you can’t cry pretty.’”
The singer was making a clear reference to her 2018 song, “Cry Pretty,” which she wrote with Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose, who are part of a rock group called the Love Junkies.
In a blog post to her fans just before the track was released, Underwood said the song was about “when emotions take over and you just can’t hold them back.”
“It really speaks to a lot of things that have happened in the past year and I hope when you hear it, you can relate those feelings to those times in your life,” she added.
Underwood, now 36, won “American Idol” at age 22. She has gone on to win seven Grammy awards, record 26 chart-topping singles and sell more than 60 million records around the world.