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Contestant Matt Farmer admits emotional audition story was a lie
Matt Farmer, a military veteran who auditioned on the Jan. 30 episode of “American Idol,” has admitted the heart-wrenching tale he told -- about suffering a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq that left him sterile -- was “all lies.”
Farmer released a statement to GuardianofValor.com, a website dedicated to outing people who claim false military service, in response to allegations from several of his fellow soldiers who said he was never wounded in combat, but actually suffered a seizure at an Army camp after mixing alcohol with acne medication.
“Everything you have read is correct. It was ALL lies,” Farmer wrote. “I, in fact, HAVE lied since a younger age and had a problem with it . . . . 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.
“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 rediculous [sic]. Hindsight is always 20/20 . . . . 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.”
Farmer also brought his three-year-old daughter, Cadence, along on his audition, claiming her birth was “a miracle,” because doctors had told him medication for his brain injury would leave him sterile.
Farmer, whom judges sent to the next audition rounds in Hollywood, initially blamed “American Idol” for taking his story out of context during the editing process, telling GuardianofValor.com he is no longer a part of the show.
Watch his “American Idol” audition below.