Wednesday 20 September 2017

'Leonardo DiCaprio must have thought I was some mental woman' - Imelda May made an impression in Las Vegas

Imelda May performs the Irish national anthem before the fight at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. Photo: PA Wire/PA Wire.
Imelda May performs the Irish national anthem before the fight at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. Photo: PA Wire/PA Wire.
Boxing - Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Conor McGregor - Las Vegas, USA - August 26, 2017 Imelda May sings the national anthem before the fight REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Imelda May sings the national anthem of Ireland prior to the super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Floyd Mayweather Jr (right) in action againstConor McGregor during their boxing match at T-Mobile Arena Pic: USA Today
Conor McGregor attends his after fight party and his Wynn Nightlife residency debut at the Encore Beach Club at Night at Wynn Las Vegas on August 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Nightlife
Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather: Referee Robert Byrd waves his arms to stop the fight
Floyd Mayweather Jr, right, and Conor McGregor during the post fight press conference. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Singer Imelda May has revealed her emphatic cheering for Conor McGregor may have left an impression on Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio.

After singing Amhrán Na bhFiann ahead of the much-anticipated McGregor vs Mayweather bout, the Liberties mum-of-one took her seat in the crowd to cheer on McGregor.

"I was screaming like a mad woman I was," she said.

"Leonardo DiCaprio was beside me and I think he thought I was just some mental woman. I was really going for it. I was screaming, I was shouting, I was calling Mayweather every name under the sun," she revealed.

Speaking for the first time since her performance on Saturday May told RTE Radio One's Ray D'Arcy show that she spent her 11-hour flight to Las Vegas singing the national anthem "like a mad woman" as she feared she would get it wrong.

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Boxing - Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Conor McGregor - Las Vegas, USA - August 26, 2017 Imelda May sings the national anthem before the fight REUTERS/Steve Marcus

"I was nervous that I'd get it wrong. That was my main thing, I thought 'I don't want to get it wrong because I'll be hung drawn and quartered'. So I sat like a madwoman - I looked like the most patriotic flyer ever. I sat on the plane singing our national anthem, Amhrán Na bhFiann, for eleven hours straight," she said.

"They must have thought I was a nutcase."

She admitted that despite delivering the song word-perfect on the night she didn't know it when she was asked to perform.

"I only half knew it... I didn't know it enough certainly to sing it on international television," she said.

Before she decided to take up the offer she consulted with her mother who advised her to go for it and even sang the national anthem down the phone to ensure the singer knew it.

"Once I started singing I felt calm," she sad.

"Everyone went so quiet, it was a lovely atmosphere and then a massive cheer at the end. It felt good, I felt proud, I didn't feel I was alone to see all the Irish in the room behind me and it was a lovely atmosphere."

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Conor McGregor attends his after fight party and his Wynn Nightlife residency debut at the Encore Beach Club at Night at Wynn Las Vegas on August 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Nightlife

The Dublin star said she was thinking about her granny, Maisie Morrissey, after the performance.

Prior to her performance she shared a moment with Disney star Demi Lovato who sang the US national anthem when the two confided in each other that they were nervous.

"Afterwards I went back into Conor's dressing room and met all his family and they were all so proud. And then Demi Lovato came in and I was messing with her and I said 'what are you doing here?' and then I wrongly said 'you bat for the other team' and then everybody laughed, I dug myself into a hole... I'll always find a way of getting something wrong," she said, laughing.

Speaking from a toilet on a train in Nevada she again explained her reasons for opting to sing in Vegas, despite being billed at a festival in the UK.

McGregor asked May to sing with just two days notice, leaving her facing a dilemma as she was due to perform at a festival in the UK.

"I just felt it was such an honour, you know what a great chance to to sing our anthem at such a great sporting event and to be asked by Conor to do it it was one of those once in a lifetime things," she said.

"I never cancel gigs," she said.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr, right, and Conor McGregor during the post fight press conference. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

"I didn't know what to do," she said but after a chat with the promoter and her mum who advised her to go for it she decided to take up the offer to perform in the MGM.

"We are in the middle of finding ways to make it up to fans, most people are fine and said go for it, a couple of people are cross," she said.

She said tickets for other gigs are being found for her fans left dissappointed.

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