The world continues to reel from Lance Armstrong’s doping confession on his exclusive interview with Oprah. Even Hollywood’s top celebrities have been quick to react to the disgraced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong’s flurry of “I admit”s.
Actor Matthew McConaughey, who happens to be one of Lance Armstrong’s long-term friends, was especially vocal with how it has affected him when he told MTV News:
My first reaction was I was p*ssed off. I was mad. I then got kind of sad for him. First off, I had a part of me that took it kind of personally, which I think a lot of people have. For him, it was impersonal because he was living a lie. It was a whole unanimous façade he had to carry around. What I realized is that those of us that took that personally, like, “Oh, he lied to me”, it’s not true. What I mean by this is, what was he supposed to do? Call me to the side and go, “Hey man, I did it but don’t tell anybody”? Where I am now is I’ve put myself out of the way and I am happy for this guy, who has now chosen to re-enter this new chapter of his life a truly free man.
Matthew McConaughey and Lance Armstrong have trained together for marathons in the past, as well as doing charity work and taking holidays together. However, Lance has never once confided in Matthew about his use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.
The long-awaited admission, which aired last week, also drew instant responses from the stars who all took it to Twitter to describe how the feel about all that cheating:
Oh, Lance. Now look what you’ve gone and done.