Pink Sang The National Anthem At The Super Bowl With The Flu—And Other Celebs Are Raving About Her Performance
She had been waiting for this opportunity since 1991—so she wasn't about to let the flu stop her!
We all know how bad the flu has been this year, and even celebrities aren’t immune to it. Pink was slated to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LII, and just days before her performance she posted on social media about coming down with the flu.
But the singer didn’t let the sickness stop her! Pink performed the national anthem—flu and all—and fellow celebrities and fans alike couldn’t have been more blown away by her performance.
Apparently, Pink had been looking forward to singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for decades. So, you can imagine how difficult it was for her to finally get the chance—only to come down with the flu.
“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,” Pink wrote on Instagram. “I’ve arrived at another one of my dreams which is slowly becoming a sort of nightmare.”
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 far as how she caught the flu—well, she says she has her two small children to thank for that.
“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,” the superstar mom wrote. “You can’t write this stuff I swear.”
But Pink is a strong woman, mom and performer, so this was a simple case of “the show must go on.” And, boy, did it ever! Watch the under-the-weather Pink belt out the national anthem in the video below:
And fans couldn’t help but cheer her on in this very special, well-deserved moment. Many fellow celebrities took to social media to express how impressed they were by Pink’s performance—and her perseverance.
Wow even with the flu @Pink kills it!!
— Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale) February 4, 2018
Comedian Kathy Griffin even called the singer her “quarterback.” For her, it wasn’t about the sports!
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) February 4, 2018
Actress Ruby Rose called her the “Leonardo DiCaprio” of music.
She’s like the Leonardo DiCaprio of music… still doing amazing work and not caring she wasn’t given the accolades. That’s how you know it’s about the music and authenticity. LOVE HER. Love that it’s her time now and has been for decades.
— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) February 4, 2018
Some even went so far as to call Pink the “MVP” of the Super Bowl.
Pink just sang the National Anthem with the flu … pic.twitter.com/nO6FsYcLy8
— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) February 4, 2018
Pink’s biggest fans, however, were definitely her family. Her husband posted a touching message letting his wife know how truly proud he was of her on this special night.
“I am beyond proud of this woman,” he wrote. “The roller coaster that she went through this last week with getting sick and losing her voice would have broke any ordinary person.”
I am beyond proud of this woman. The roller coaster that she went through this last week with getting sick and losing her voice would have broke any ordinary person. She laced up her boots, got through a 90 minute set Friday night, and fucking killed the super bowl today. Oh and sang live by the way. She is the hardest working in show business and i couldn’t be more proud of her. You fucking rule, baby 😘 @pink
Oh, and those adorable children who may have gotten her sick in the first place? They were by her side to show their support leading up to the performance.
Here’s to Pink for accomplishing one of her goals and continuing to inspire us all—flu or no flu!