Fergie apologises for anthem debacle as her ex delivers flowers

Fergie acknowledged her artistic rendition of the <i>The Star-Spangled Banner</i> didn't go down as well as she'd hoped.

Fergie acknowledged her artistic rendition of the The Star-Spangled Banner didn't go down as well as she'd hoped. Photo: Getty

Fergie has apologised after her performance of the United States national anthem at an NBA All-Star game was skewered, telling her critics she “honestly tried her best”.

The 42-year-old singer’s overwrought rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ incited laughter in both the players and crowd at the Sunday night basketball match, earning the dubious title of ‘worst national anthem ever’.

In a statement to TMZ on Monday (US time) the former Black Eyed Peas lead singer said she was sorry her version didn’t hit the right note.

“I’ve always been honoured and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” Fergie said.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Fergie’s estranged husband, actor Josh Duhamel, was photographed delivering a bunch of roses to her Los Angeles home on Monday with the couple’s four-year-old son, Axl, in tow.

On the same day he delivered flowers to Fergie, Duhamel shared some of his son’s thoughts to Instagram, posting a photo of a card bearing a poem written by Axl.

“Love is so strong. Love cannot be broken. Love is so strong nobody can break it not even Hulk,” the poem read.

Fergie (born Stacy Ann Ferguson) and Duhamel, 45, announced their separation in September 2017 after eight years of marriage.

In a joint statement regarding the split, the couple said: “We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.”

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