'American Idol' contestant Matthew Farmer has admitted that he lied about his military service, this after first denying he had made false claims, and blaming the show's editors for misrepresenting him.
In a rambling statement to the website Guardianofvalor.com, Farmer apologized for claiming he had suffered a traumatic brain injury after being injured in an IED explosion in Iraq.
"It was ALL lies," Farmer wrote. "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 was told to keep quiet and not talk to anyone, and I have decided that what's best for me and my family is to come out and end the insanity," Farmer wrote. "I indeed have many many things to work with and need to get a lot of help doing it. Again I apologize to everyone that I have come across and hurt or lied too."
Farmer said he regretted demeaning the service of his fellow Army Infantrymen with his false statements.
"I am EXTRMELEY remorseful and VERY upset that I allowed myself to take from the hard work of the guys that iIwas deployed with among others," he wrote. "To think that I would go on a national TV show and get away with continuing a lie so big, and so deeply imbedded in my life and brain ... Is ridiculous."
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