Pop singer Pink sang the national anthem on Sunday night before Super Bowl 52 between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, the singer was battling the flu ahead of singing the “Star-Spangled Banner.” On Saturday, she posted on Instagram about getting sick, saying she got the flu from her children.
Trying to practice the flu away. 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. You can’t write this stuff I swear! And here we are. I’ve arrived at another one of my dreams which is slowly becoming a sort of nightmare. I will tell you, this is one of the biggest honors of my life, singing this song in front of my family, my military family, my dad and brother and step mama and family and the world. And the EAGLES!?!?! I promise I will do my best, as I always do. As far as the gremlins that got me into this mess, you can cough at me for the rest of your lives. If it’s a contest, babies, you win. #spreadthelove #spreadthegerms #pleasegivememyvoiceback #ificansingimgonnakillit
As for the anthem itself, she did incredibly. Not bad for someone who’s had the flu the last few days.
You could tell she took something out of her mouth at the beginning, though.
In #GumGate: Pink has the flu. Guessing she was taking out a throat lozenge, not gum. Regardless, awesome anthem.— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) February 4, 2018
She performed in a concert on Friday night in Minneapolis, where her voice was feeling the effects of the flu:
“I’m not going to sound like (crap) all night because you guys are going to help me,” she said. “We’re going to rock the (expletive) out and have a good time.”
As she began to sing “Beautiful Trauma” — from her recent album of the same name — she quickly stopped her band and told the crowd, “I can’t do it.”
“I hate this,” she said. “I can’t do that song. I’m sorry.”
Obviously, getting the flu days before singing the national anthem before the Super Bowl isn’t ideal, but Pink can powered through the performance, and it turned out great.