“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem, and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” the artist said in a statement.
“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.”
Fergie’s slower, jazz-infused version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles did not go over as well as she’d likely hoped. One person on Twitter even compared her to “my friends [sic] drunk mom acting sexy.”
But, considering the anthem is extremely difficult to sing, it speaks volumes of the world we live in that Fergie felt inclined to apologize for a mere interpretation that wasn’t beloved by all.
Here’s what people on Twitter had to say about the apology:
@Fergie you don't have to apologize girl! Just laugh at yourself with everyone else. Hell most of us couldn't even sing the anthem at a high school game #atleastyoutried#NBAAllStar#maybetrytraditionalnexttimehttps://t.co/RcMPP5a7zB— Marcia Jones (@MrsTaeJones) February 19, 2018
what is life when an artist feels they need to apologize to the masses for a performance that wasn't well received- and where are we that we feel expectant and entitled to that apology @Fergie— Sherri Saum (@SherriSaum1) February 19, 2018
The difference between Fergie & Mariah is many things, but also that Mariah would never apologize.— porochista khakpour (@PKhakpour) February 20, 2018
Ok, now I feel bad. Don't apologize Fergie. We're the ones who were too cruel. https://t.co/QF3G86j9pc— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) February 20, 2018
I feel bad for Fergie. I mean, I can’t imagine having to apologize every time I suck at something.— Sarcasticsapien (@Sarcasticsapien) February 20, 2018
Who wants to live in a world where you have to apologize for taking creative risks?— Carl's Jr. (@CarlsJr) February 20, 2018
You do you @Fergie
Stay G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S, Fergie Ferg, regardless of what the haters say.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.