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Fergie responds to Star Spangled backlash: "I tried my best"

Fergie knows everyone is talking about her version of the Star Spangled Banner and is aware lots of the commentary is negative. In a statement that's not quite an apology, she acknowledges her strange rendition of the National Anthem didn't sit with people and says she tried.

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After Twitter filled with memes panning her performance ahead of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, Fergie released this statement to the Hollywood Reporter and other media outlets:

"I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. 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."

Here's a look at the reactions she's been getting:

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