If you can get away with it, why not right? WRONG!
How could someone join the most famous reality singing contest in the world and think that their lies won’t be found out?
Matthew Farmer is one contestant who lied about his past and thought that it would never come out. Come on now!
His story touched the heart of millions when he said that he came home from Iraq after being injured during an IED explosion and may have caused him to end up being sterile. He brought his 3-year old daughter along showing her as the “miracle baby” during the audition.
Turns out that Matthew was not injured according to his fellow soldiers. He was discharged due use of banned substances while serving in Iraq.
One soldier stated:
“Matt Farmer is a fraud. He is currently auditioning with American Idol under false pretenses. I served with this person from Dec 2005 until he prematurely left theatre for using banned substances specifically medication not prescribed and alcohol.”
After the news initially broke, Matthew denied the allegations until later when it was confirmed that he lied, he issued a lengthy statement.
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
He is no longer on American Idol – could be a result of disqualification or simply didn’t make the cut.
Unbelievable what people will do for 15 minutes of fame.