Los Angeles, CA - In a shocking turn of events liable to further upset her harshest critics, Grammy Award winning pop star Beyonce Knowles has now admitted to lip-synching an apology for her recent lip-synced performance of the American national anthem at President Barack Obama's 2012 Inauguration ceremony.
"It wasn't me," she confessed to Rolling Stone magazine in a private conversation, the substance of which will be detailed in February's tell-all expose, titled 'The Audacity of Hype.' The magazine is due to hit newsstands this week.
"Technically, I didn't sing the national anthem, as everyone now knows," she said, "so my manager insisted that I not voice the apology, either. Instead, to be consistent, we hired a voice actor to record the apology I issued online to my fans. What I did was simply lip-sync to what she said."
The allegations of lip-syncing has regularly plagued Beyonce. Music critics in Prague had long suspected the singer of staging performances, especially given the fact that their interview was conducted while she was simultaneously onstage apparently singing "Run the World (Girls)" to a sell-out crowd of 40,000 screaming fans. Initially, Beyonce had silenced her critics by alleging she had the ability since birth to throw her voice psychically; she argued this special talent had given her the ability to sing while also answering questions of the fawning press.
However, she admits that pressure mounted on her to make a public confession once footage aired of her performance at the Obama ceremony.
"The problem was really one of logistics," she explains. "See, nobody told me I was there to perform the national anthem, so I was mimicking singing my hit, 'Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),' when I should've been mouthing 'Oh, say can you see …' Once I realized my error, I made a correction, but it was too late. And for that I'm truly sorry. Well, what I mean to say is that I mouthed that I'm truly sorry. In reality, I'm not. But I mouthed that I was, so there's that."
While she admits that she's not alone in performing fraudulent at the cost of $200-a-seat venues, she's convinced that the practice is entirely within her rights as an artist.
"Nobody ever accused Rembrandt of lip-syncing his paintings," she stated. "There's no doubt in my mind that he did it, either."