It’s not the first time that an “American Idol” contestant has fabricated a great back story to tug at our heartstrings and grab more on-screen time. But now veterans are again angry that Matthew Farmer completely made up a touching tale of how he was injured by an IED while on active service and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Matthew Farmer has now admitted that the touching tale he told on Wednesday’s “America Idol” of his harrowing road to recovery after suffering traumatic brain injury from an IED explosion in Iraq , was “all lies” Fox News has revealed.
Farmer was a soldier on active duty in Iraq. That much is true at least. But soldiers who served with him came forward to say he was never injured in the line of duty. Is real service record is nowhere near as heroic or impressive as that.
As one soldier, a former roommate revealed, “I was a sniper section leader attached to his company and lived in the same room with him until he was medevaced from Ramadi because he got drunk while he was taking Accutane. He was never involved in one single direct fire engagement, was never wounded, and made up this whole lie to try and make his story sound good to ‘American Idol.’”
Now, in a further bid to cling on to some fame and popularity, Matthew Farmer has confessed that he has had a problem with lying ever since he was a kid.
“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 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 to,” he told Fox News.