Sheryl Crow on Lance Armstrong doping confession: 'Truth will set you free'
Sheryl Crow has offered her take on ex-boyfriend and disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's on-air confession to Oprah Winfrey about taking performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career, saying that "honesty is always the best bet" and what the TV host told him -- "the truth will set you free."
After a October 2012 U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report revealed he took part in a program involving steroids, blood transfusions and human growth hormone, he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and an Olympic Bronze Medal.
Armstrong, 41, recently confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs publicly for the first time in an interview on Winfrey's "Oprah's Next Chapter" series, following years of denying such allegations.
Crow, who cheered on Armstrong when he won two of his Tour de France titles, told "Entertainment Tonight" that she caught "bits and pieces" of his interview with Winfrey, adding: "I think that honesty is always the best bet and that the truth will set you free. It's gotta be really hard to walk around knowing that you're not telling the truth about something. I always contend that the truth is the best way to go."
During her interview with Armstrong, Winfrey told him, quoting a statement by his ex-wife Kristin, which is also a line from the Bible: "The truth will set you free."
It is unclear if Crow knew about Armstrong's doping before the report was released. The Wall Street Journal said in October that Crow had agreed to be interviewed by federal investigators about the scandal and "knew many details about doping on the team and was helpful in the investigation but didn't give an affidavit to USADA." Crow's lawyer declined to comment.
The 50-year-old rock and pop singer and Armstrong began dating in 2003 after meeting at a charity event in Las Vegas, according to ESPN. That year, the cyclist and his wife Kristin, with whom he shares three children, divorced after five years of marriage. Armstrong and Crow got engaged in 2005 but later split in 2006.
Armstrong's longtime friend, actor Matthew McConaughey, also recently weighed in on the cyclist's doping scandal.
The actor told MTV News that he was initially angry with Armstrong but that he believes his longtime friend will be able to "deal" with the backlash and will be remembered more for "what he did for cancer."
Both Crow and Armstrong are cancer survivors. Crow battled breast cancer in 2006. In 1996, Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs and brain, and after going into remission the following year, he formed the Lance Armstrong Foundation, aka the Livestrong Foundation, for cancer support.
After Armstrong's doping past was revealed, he stepped down as a board member of the group, which later dropped his name from its official title.