American Idol Contestant Admits to Lying About Military Accident, Miracle Baby
Matt Farmer, whose emotional “American Idol” audition was showcased on Wednesday’s episode, has admitted to lying about his supposed military injury and later having a “miracle baby.”
On the show, Farmer recounted being hit by an IED while serving in Iraq, sustaining a traumatic brain injury, and taking a medication that was supposed to cause sterility. Six months later, he claimed, baby Cadence was miraculously on the way. The now 3-year-old girl even accompanied Farmer to the audition, where he received a ticket to Hollywood.
But after the segment aired, soldiers who served with Farmer claimed he was never in such an accident, but actually had problems with alcohol use and was allegedly kicked out of the army because of it.
When confronted by Guardian of Valor, a site that strives to “out people who falsely claim military service and/or claim unauthorized medals or tabs,” Farmer initially claimed that “‘American Idol’ took certain things I said out of context,” and that the show used stock photos to illustrate the story. But when evidence against him continued to mount, Farmer issued a full confession to the site.
“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,” the singer said. “I am coming out and making a statement (even though I was instructed not to) because I DO want to come clean.”
FULL STATEMENT BELOW
“The lies end here. I want to base the life I have left on nothing but what is real and genuine and in the here and now. I am EXTREAMLY [sic] remorseful and VERY upset that I allowed myself to take from the hard work of the guys that I was deployed with among others,” said Farmer, adding, “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 lfe and brain [sic].”
“American Idol” has yet to comment on the controversy, and while it’s been reported that Farmer did not pass the Hollywood round, it’s not yet known if it’s because he was disqualified.
Last June, “America’s Got Talent” contestant Tim Poe admitted he lied about being injured during the war in Afghanistan and receiving a Purple Heart.
Check out Farmer’s “Idol” audition and apology statement below.
MATT FARMER STATEMENT TO GUARDIAN OF VALOR
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. Just so everyone knows I’m not reviving any sort of disability for Tbi. Let it also be known that I left country 2.5 months before the rest of the unit came home, I stayed in the army PAST my ETS date and was released from full service (wether active or reserve) in 2009.
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 the gentleman above who talked about going to the VA I am doing just that, the “cocktail” u refer to Has been my deterrent for the last couple of years as I feel like when I was medicated while at FT sill and even at Schwinefurt It was never “correct”. Never the less.
The lies end here. I want to base the life I have left on nothing but what is real and genuine and in the here and now. I am EXTREAMLY 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 imbedded in my lfe and brain… Is rediculous. Hindsight is always 20/20. The work the blue spader a did overseas was impeccable and I regret that I took from that. 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.
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. I indeed have many many things to work with and need to get alot of help doing it. Again I appologize to everyone that I have come across and hurt or lied too.
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.