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Cynthia Erivo apologies for messing up US national anthem

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BRITISH-NIGERIAN actress Cynthia Erivo has apologised for forgetting the words to the US national anthem at a basketball game.

The Widows star was asked to perform Star Spangled Banner at the the Nets vs. Lakers game in New York on Tuesday night, but the 31-year-old stumbled over the words as she struggled to remember the lyrics. She then stopped singing altogether to regain her composure, before starting over and singing the song again.

Erivo apologised for the mishap, telling fans she was “nervous and tired”.

She tweeted: “Some people have quiet mess ups, some people mess in front of the world. I’m human and I mess up in the same way as everyone else, so if you were watching tonight, I’m sorry, I was nervous and tired. I strive for perfection, so right now no one can beat me up more than myself.”

Erivo’s performance was defended online by fans, with one user writing: “You sounded brilliant! Words are words— 90% of Americans get the words wrong to that anthem. Your gorgeous voice was all I heard. Your view of failure is what everyone’s view of perfection is. Beautiful as always.”

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for Erivo, as she recently announced plans to release an album with music label Verv Record and will star in a Harriet Tubman biopic which is set to begin production next fall.

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