Fergie has broken her silence on the backlash she received after performing the national anthem at Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center.
Speaking exclusively with TMZ on Monday afternoon, the "Fergalicious" singer was apologetic about her controversial arrangement of the song.
"I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," she said. "I'm a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best."
The performance was pretty much unanimously panned on social media, with people expressing confusion over the so-called "sexy" rendition.
More to come.
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