Abi Carter’s Boyfriend Has Supported Her Long-Before Her Idol Journey

History has been made!

Abi Carter was crowned the winner of “American Idol” season 22. Upon winning the title, she shared the spotlight with her lover, Cooper McCollum.

Key Takeaways

  • Abi Carter has finally won season 22 of American Idol and solidified herself as a future superstar.
  • Her family and boyfriend, Cooper McCollum, accompanied her on stage after being announced as the victor.

Abi Carter celebrated her win with a post on Instagram that said,

HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE!??!?!?!? I couldn’t have imagined winning #americanidol when I started this whole journey. We haven’t had a girl winner in over 4 years and to be the first after so many seasons is the greatest honor. I’m just a girl from Indio, who used to sing on street corners, and now I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to work with some of the most talented people in the industry and be heard by millions of people. This is my dream and I know it’s just the beginning. I love you all so much. #idol

Abi Carter

Carter started her journey with a rendition of Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?”

After winning the show, she sang the same song one last time, making Katy Perry and the audience tear up—a spectacular ending!

Abi was surrounded by her friends and family on the stage, along with her boyfriend, Copper McCollum.

McCollum has supported the 21-year-old musician throughout her Idol journey.

The singer feels lucky to have such a caring and motivating partner; the same goes for Copper.

Who Is Cooper McCollum?

The handsome hunk, Cooper McCollum from Allen, Texas, is an environmental sustainability professional and a project manager at UL Solutions in LA, California.

He has worked there since October 2021; before that, he was a manager at Volare in Oklahoma from May 2019.

The University of Oklahoma graduate completed his education in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sustainability: Business and Management.

Cooper soft-launched him in a January 1, 2024 post with the caption “✨End of 2023 photo dump ✨,” in which the cute couple was getting cozy in formal attire.

And yes, that was before she auditioned for the reality show.

Regarding his family members, Copper is a parent to a dog named Oppie. Other than that, he has two sisters, Skylar and Brittany McCollum.

Although they share the same surname, Copper is unrelated to singer Parker McCollum.

In Case You Didn’t Know

  • Abi Carter was raised by a single mother, Andrea Carter, in Indio, California.
  • She is the first contestant to win a Platinum Ticket and the show.
  • During episode 7, it was revealed that Carter was battling bronchitis and even lost her voice.
  • Although there are rumors of her weight loss, those speculations are untrue.


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