Sheryl Crow breaks silence on Armstrong's doping confession

The Grammy-award winning singer was involved with Armstrong from 2003 to 2006.

Lance Armstrong's former flame Sheryl Crow is speaking out about the cyclist's doping confession last week to Oprah Winfrey.

The singer sat down with Entertainment Tonight reporter Nancy O'Dell on Monday for an interview scheduled to air Tuesday. When asked what she thought of Armstrong's admission, after years of public denial, Crow replied, "I think that honesty is always the best bet and that the truth will set you free. It's got to be really hard to walk around knowing that you're not telling the truth about something, and so I always contend that the truth is the best way to go."

Crow began dating Armstrong in 2003. The couple was engaged in 2005, but broke up in 2006.

She told ET that she saw "bits and pieces" of Oprah's interview with Armstrong, and that "to carry around a weight like that would be devastating in the long run."

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In the interview with Oprah, Armstrong admitted that he'd had blood transfusions and used the banned drug erythropoietin (EPO) during all seven of his Tour de France victories. Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles and his Olympic bronze medal.

According to Celebuzz, Crow allegedly knew about Armstrong's history of doping and had been in the room when he asked former teammate Frankie Andreu to get his wife to retract statements she'd made to authorities about his drug use.

"She’d have to be illiterate and nearly blind not to have known what was going on,” a witness told The Daily News last fall. That witness said Armstrong was relaxed about discussing his drug use with those close to him. Federal agents reportedly interviewed Crow in late 2011.

In September, Crow discussed how challenging it was to watch Armstrong lose his Tour de France titles with Katie Couric.

"I felt bad,” she said. “I felt bad for him, I felt bad for his family and I kinda felt like the rest of America… He is a hero that we watched and looked up to and admired.”


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