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American Idol Contestant Admits To Lying About Military Injury

It was Matthew Farmer’s story of suffering from a traumatic brain injury from an IED explosion in Iraq that touched the “American Idol” fans’ hearts Wednesday.

In the January 30 episode of “Idol,” Farmer had auditioned in Long Beach, Calif. and claimed to have spent years recovering after an IED attack had left him with brain damage.

Farmer told “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest that the medicine he took for his brain injury left him sterile. Because of this, Farmer told Seacrest he viewed his daughter’s birth as truly miraculous.

Days after the episode aired, multiple emails were sent to the veterans’ website guardianofvalor.com by Farmer’s former comrades claiming he was a liar.

Farmer, in a statement to the veterans’ site, admitted he had been lying.

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