An American Idol contestant has been forced to make a shameful apology after it was revealed that the war story he disclosed in his audition was a pack of lies, the Sun newspaper reports!
US soldier, Matt Farmer, tearfully told show host, Ryan Seacrest, how he had been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury following an explosion he was caught up in whilst on patrol in the Iraq city of Ramadi.
He went on to describe how, after waking up in hospital, he was told that the medication he was prescribed could make him infertile, whilst holding his young daughter in his arms, whose birth he described as a miracle!
However, after his appearance was aired his former colleagues took to a website used by service personnel to expose the fact that he had never even been to Iraq, with one site user describing him as a “pathological liar that has used the blood, sweat and tears of real, hard-working, tough, brave and honourable Infantry soldiers to paint himself as someone he most certainly is not.”
Faced with this Farmer tried, at first, to blame the lie on American Idol producers, claiming that the footage had been edited and his words taken out of context, but then a few days later decided to release the following, shocking confession:
“Everything you have read is correct. It was ALL lies. I in fact HAVE lied since a younger age and had a problem with it.
“I am coming out and making a statement (even though I was instructed not to) because I DO want to come clean.
“I do in fact take FULL responsibility for the actions and words I have said, and know that this will never go away.
“In NO way was I looking to take from everyone who has served. I started to believe my own lies. And after I believed them… I would catch myself talking like it had happened to me my entire life.”
He followed this with a promise that “the lies end here” continuing: “I want to base the life I have left on nothing but what is real and genuine in the here and now.
“I am EXTREMELY remorseful and VERY upset that I allowed myself to take from the hard work of the guys that I was deployed with among others.
“To think that I would go on a national TV show and get away with continuing a lie so big, and so deeply embedded in my life and brain… is ridiculous. Hindsight is always 20/20.”
Then, in a personal footnote to his colleagues, he went on: “To EVERYONE but more importantly the men I served with, I AM DEEPLY REGRETFUL AND SORRY.
“My road to figuring out how to make a life built on trust starts now. It starts with getting help. And starts with this message.
He concluded: “I at no time was a sniper, was never deployed to Afghanistan, did a single tour in Iraq, and was never at any time hit or wounded by an IED.”
Watch a report on Matt’s deceitful interview with Ryan Seacrest in the clip below: