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Pink Responds To Critics After National Anthem

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Pop singer Pink lashed out at critics after her daring Super Bowl performance in which she sang the National Anthem while battling the flu.

The bulk of the criticism toward the hit maker came from one Twitter user, who tweeted that they didn't like Pink and that the anthem was an example of the reasons why.

"If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1000 times. Pink sucks and if you like her singing you’re dumb #SuperBowl," the tweet, which has since been deleted, read.

"Yeah but at least I suck while singing our countries national anthem, and you just suck by yourself on a dirty couch. #winning," Pink wrote in response, prompting the user to make their account private following backlash.

Pink also lashed out at people who accused her of spitting gum out just before singing the anthem, clarifying that it was instead a throat lozenge, The Inquisitr reported.

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"Strange ending to Patriots dynasty when Brady gets cleat stuck on Pink’s gum on key play in the final minute," one Twitter user joked after the singer was caught on camera spitting out the lozenge.

"So, who's going to pick up Pink's gum? Or are we just going to let it sit on the field?" another wrote.

"Lovely gesture by Pink to take her chewing gum out her mouth before singing the US national anthem," another added.

Leading up to the performance, the pop singer made it known on social media that she was battling the flu and expressed her nervousness about performing while sick. She confirmed her illness the day before the game, and warned fans that it could impact her ability to sing at her full potential.

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"I’ve been waiting to sing this song since 1991 when I saw my idol, Whitney Houston, own this song. And now, my chance has finally come. And it just so happens that this chance comes when I have two small Petri dish kids who literally cough INTO MY MOUTH and rub their snot on my cheek," she said, HuffPost reported.

Following the bold performance, Pink thanked fans for supporting her through her illness and shared a photo of herself alongside her daughter, Willow, shortly after taking the field for the anthem.

"All of your prayers and well wishes and candles got me through today," she said in a caption alongside the photo. "Thank you so much for all the love and support. We [love] you."

Sources: HuffPost, The Inquisitr / Featured Image: Dmileson/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Christopher Polk/Getty via The Inquisitr, Allison/Flickr

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