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So much for Matt Farmer being crowned the American Idol Season 12 champion.

Following a successful audition in Long Beach, Farmer has come out and admitted that he’s one giant liar.

That whole tale he told? About being injured in an IED explosion in Iraq? And being diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury? And how the medication he was assigned would supposedly make him sterile, until he ended up fathering a daughter named Cadence who joined him in front of the judges?


Matt Farmer American Idol Audition

"It was ALL lies," Farmer admitted to "I in fact HAVE lied since a younger age and had a problem with it…

"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 [sic] and brain … Is rediculous [sic].

"Hindsight is always 20/20 … To EVERYONE but more importantly the men I served with, I AM DEEPLY REGRETFUL AND SORRY … 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"

Farmer, as you might expect, has been booted from the competition.

So that’s one fewer person early favorites such as Ja’Bria Barber and Seretha Guinn need to worry about.