AN AMERICAN Idol contestant who claimed during his audition to have been a soldier injured on duty in Iraq has had his tale exposed as lies.
Matt Farmer had told the judges he had been seriously injured by an improvised explosive device while on duty during the Iraq war.
He then explained with tears in his eyes that the medication he was prescribed for his injuries could make him sterile – all while holding his young daughter in his trembling arms.
However Farmer’s story was quickly exposed as lies by former colleagues from the military.
Farmer initially tried to justify his story claiming it was edited poorly by producers – however he has since issued a statement admitting the story was made up.
He said: “ 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.
“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.
"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.
It is not known yet whether Idol producers will disqualify him from the show.