Sheryl Crow on ex-fiancé Lance Armstrong: ‘The truth will set you free’

This might sounds completely Anti-Sisterhood, but I was never really into Sheryl Crow’s music or Sheryl as a person. I didn’t actively hate it or anything, and if I heard it on the radio, I would probably listen to it, but I just never really cared that much or fan-girl’d her at all. So when the Lance Armstrong exploded (or he imploded, either/or), I really didn’t think about Sheryl until everybody began to say things like “Sheryl dodged a bullet” and “Sheryl’s probably happy she got out.” Sheryl and Lance dated from 2003 to 2006 and they were engaged for a while too. That time period was also known as “the sweet spot when Lance was doping like a mofo” – at least according to him. Which means that I have some questions for Sheryl about whether or not she knew what her boyfriend was doing with all of those needles and blood transfusions. But no one is asking her that. They’re only asking her how she “feels”. You can see Sheryl’s first interview since Lance spoke to Oprah here:

Sheryl speaks. Sheryl Crow broke her silence on ex-boyfriend Lance Armstrong’s shocking fall from grace to Entertainment Tonight on Monday Jan. 21. Addressing Armstrong’s long-awaited confession — he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs to Oprah Winfrey last week — the “Strong Enough” singer, 50, was philosophical about the athlete, whom she dated from 2003 to 2006.

“[It’s] got to be really hard to walk around knowing that you’re not telling the truth about something,” Crow said of Armstrong, 41. “I think that honesty is always the best bet and that the truth will set you free,” added the Grammy winner, who caught “bits and pieces” of her ex-fiance’s interview with Oprah Winfrey. “To carry a weight like that around would be devastating in the long run…I always contend that the truth is the best way to go.”

Telling Winfrey that he used a “cocktail” before cycling competitions (EPO, blood transfusions and testosterone), Armstrong told Winfrey: “I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times. I know the truth. The truth isn’t what was out there. The truth isn’t what I said.”

“I’m a flawed character, as I well know,” Armstrong, who has been stripped of all his titles and endorsements, said. “All the fault and all the blame here falls on me.”

[From Us Weekly]

Yeah. Eh. Does anyone else wonder if Sheryl knew more about Lance’s situation and his lies a long time ago? Does anyone else wonder if Lance’s real personality – his douchebaggery, his narcissism, his coldness, his vindictiveness – came out and Sheryl was like “Good God, he’s a monster”? Some would say her relative silence is classy, and you could definitely make that argument. I would argue that if she knew he was engaging in illegal behavior AND lying about it AND suing anyone who told the truth about him, she should have spoken up.

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  1. PHD Gossip says:

    f course she knew. Doping consumed his life. The needles, the refrigerated blood. OF COURSE SHE KNEW.

  2. Faye says:

    In Floyd Landis’s account of those times (which have proven to be accurate in every other respect, lending them some legitimacy), he says Crow was present at one or two of the Tour de Frances, and that she witnessed the doping. I don’t really expect her to tell on her boyfriend/fiance, but a “no comment” probably would have been more prudent under the circumstances.

  3. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    Isn’t that why they broke up? He probably kept saying he was going to stop and then he never did so she left him?

    • Hautie says:

      I thought he dumped her.

      And everyone of her friends were elated by it. (because he was such an ass to her)

      The gossip at the time was Armstrong was not a nice man. Had always treated her like sh*t. And that she was not ever going to leave him. So when he dumped her, she was not expecting it and was devastated by it.

      I honestly can not recall, Crow ever having one bad word to say about him.

      So I would find it odd if she suddenly starting talking sh*t about him. But I have to agree, she knew about the doping.

      • K-rock says:

        He dumped her because she kept pressing him to have kids and he didn’t want any at the time. Thats what I read anyway.

        And yes she absolutely knew, but I can picture her keeping quiet because she loved him and didn’t want to lose him.

    • Lauren says:

      Lance was the one who dumped Sheryl and it was on his terms because he dumped her about two weeks after she found out that she had been diagnosed with cancer.

      • Lauren says:

        Also I forgot to add that his dumping her like that at such a horrible time in her life only confirms cold and heartless he truly is. I am sure she is glad they didn’t have kids in the end.

      • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

        Didn’t know these details – what a prince this Lancet guy is. It would be interesting for Sheryl to date Liam Neeson.

      • Kelly says:

        That’s what I always remember about him and have not liked him since. What a creep.

  4. T.Fanty says:

    She must have known. She’s coming across as a little hypocritical and sanctimonious here.

    • megs283 says:

      yeah – compare her “the truth will set you free” to McConnaughey’s “I’m pissed.” hmm. Someone is NOT surprised.

    • Raven says:

      Considering that he dumped her when he learned she had cancer, she gets a pass from me.

  5. Eleonor says:

    I’ve read somewhere that the investigators questioned Sheryl, and after her answers they filed the doping accusations.

    • Chicagogurl17 says:

      Yeah, I think she knew and did tell them when they questioned her. Don’t know why it took her so long. Clearly he’s a d-bag.

      Anyone else always creeped out about their dating considering how much they look like siblings?

  6. TorontoE says:

    Betsy Andreu (the one Lance called a crazy lying bitch but NOT fat) said Lance told her husband to lie re doping while Sheryl was in the room. Of course she knew. And no they didn’t break up because she wanted him to come forward, Lance went on the record saying they broke up because “her biological clock was ticking”. What sleazy jerk. But he’s not fat!!

  7. len says:

    I am actually really hoping the truth will lock him up.

  8. picopink says:

    She knew, but couldn’t/wouldn’t say anything. I’m sure now she is really glad that she’s not with him now!! It really disgusted me when he said all of the names he called the wife of his best friend when she called him out on doping but “he never called her fat” like that would be the ultimate insult. Shallow, much?

  9. Lulu says:

    She knew, was in on it, and helped the investigators nail him. Makes me sick to think she was with him for three years knowing all the time what a fake he was. Doesn’t say much for her integrity.

  10. hmm says:

    Sure she knew – other wives have often said “well of course they knew” – its almost impossible not to.

  11. mln76 says:

    She knew and apparantly perjured herself on one occasion a few years back but in the more recent investigation came clean (is rumored to have). I can’t stand her as a person don’t really know why (although I like a couple of her songs) stuff like this make trust that first impression.

    • The Original Tiffany says:

      I could tell you why you should hate Sheryl Crow.

      Lying, cheating, plagarizing, threatening to end people’s careers, that sort of thing. Plus, she does not like to shower. I hope she has learned to do so in the last ten years since I have had to be around her. Pfft.

      • LAK says:

        I remember hearing about the non showering and specifically non wiping of bottom after no 2. Something about saving the environment as the justification. Call me a cleanliness fetishist coz that still grosses me out and I would never touch someone who didn’t shower plus her poor laundry cleaner!!!

      • mln76 says:

        Ewww thanks for the gossip but gross she’s so high and mighty it’s interesting how she used to take every dig possible at my girl Angelina way back when (thats not why I dislike her though).

  12. Launicaangelina says:

    Kaiser, I guess I’m anti-sisterhood too. I have never cared for her music either. I’m always surprised by the huge following/fan base she has.

    I think she knew too. I agree with the idea of him treating her badly. That’s the impression I always had.

  13. Dorothy says:

    First, I am glad Sheryl is out of the relationship, she definitely dodged a bullet. Secondly, just imagine the woman he is with who had his kids and what she is feeling. Third, his ex-wife dodged a bullet as well. Lastly, bullies will always be revealed and karma is a beyotch to them, trust and believe.

    Lance Armstrong thought he was invinceable and above reproach; so when his pedestal came tumbling down, it hit hard!

  14. annabelle says:

    I would think it would be impossible to not know.

    But I’m not shocked she protected his secret after they broke up. She would have started a shit storm of drama and she chose to not, possibly even believing that a truth that large would not be able to stay hidden for forever.

    Dude seems like a vindictive dick, maybe starting a war with him wasn’t on her To Do List.

  15. Hannah says:

    Why is she doing an interview to begin with?

  16. Mikki says:

    Well, I’m likely in a minority here, but I’ve always enjoyed her music and admired her. I know she went through a lot of crap being dumped, and getting diagnosed with cancer around the same time. If she was truly in love with him at the time, maybe she thought she could change him, or just turned a blind eye to whatever he was doing. Who’s to say what she knew, or didn’t know? There were plenty of other women he’s known as well…if we’re going to be all judgy here, why didn’t any of them blow the whistle either?

  17. aims says:

    I’m a huge supporter of the sisterhood, but if I dont like your music, I don’t like it. Her voice is grating to me, and they play it nonstop at my job. Talk about personal hell! There is no doubt she didn’t know he was doping. I think she liked being Lance’s girlfriend and what that gave her. She’s a climber and has zero credibility.

  18. Jaded says:

    She was between a rock and a hard place and I think she chose the higher road. It wasn’t her decision to make to blow the whistle, especially on somone she was in love with (God only knows why, but I’ve loved some bad boys myself…). So I don’t think Sheryl did anything wrong by keeping schtum. None of his other close friends said anything either. It was Lance’s decision to make, too bad he made it wayyyy too late when his back was against the wall.

  19. Suzy from Ontario says:

    She dodged a bullet bigtime and is probably breathing a big sigh of relief now!

  20. taxi says:

    Every time she was asked about his doping, she said that he did not. This was post break-up, which I think was immediatey pre-cancer (hers).

  21. Lem says:

    A) no way she didn’t know
    B) (and I have always maintained) it is totally creepy she named her second child after his second lieutenant.
    For the record, so did Texas T rex

  22. tabasco says:

    As the rabid MJ fan that I am, I was DONE with Sheryl Crow when she sh*t on him when he was at his lowest, even though she used to be a backup singer for him, which undoubtedly contributed massively to her own career. These two are made for each other, I’d say they should get back together if not for Lance having kids with the new GF.

  23. Esmom says:

    There’s no way she didn’t know. I remember their relationship so vividly because my husband is a cyclist and we always watch the Tour. Her life revolved around him. She even took up cycling. So she knew exactly what was going on.

    She may have realized on some level that he was a monster but I think she was so in love that she started believing all his rationalizations. I always got the sense that he dumped her because she was so damn clingy.

    I always thought they were a perfect match, both kind of douchey and self-absorbed. But at the time he was just getting a taste of big time fame — I think her celeb status probably opened some new doors for him — and he was not about to settle down again so soon after his divorce.

  24. Ginevra123 says:

    Not a huge fan of Sheryl Crow either, but I do know that when Lance dumped her in the wake of her cancer diagnosis and began cavorting around with Lindsay Lohan, etc (am I remembering this correctly?) was when I first caught on to what a douchebag he is, and haven’t bought into any of his lies or persona ever since. All the recent revelations and the way he has douchily handled them haven’t surprised me one bit.

    • Esmom says:

      I’m not sure about LL but now I’m remembering an Olsen twin?

      I already was on to him by he time he was with Sheryl, though, after he dumped his wife and small children at the first sign of “greener pastures.” UGH.

  25. Grace says:

    I would just like to talk about his crazy eyes in the last picture. WTF is up with that? Is he in some sort of suppressed roid rage?

  26. KellyinSeattle says:

    He seems like he’d be really violent to me, and psychologically abusive.

  27. BlueAngelCV says:

    It’s hard to believe that she didn’t know and if she did then she should have said something. Maybe not right at the time but certainly when he was suing people and winning huge lawsuits.
    If she knew and didn’t say anything she should accept some responsibility.
    Why isn’t anyone asking her the question?

  28. skuddles says:

    Well considering Crow herself is a huge bloody liar who achieved success by screwing over others, I am sure she had no problem with Lance’s doping scam.

  29. Lucy2 says:

    I would imagine that she knew, and had her reasons for not talking, but it’s still a shame he got away with it as long as he did.
    I don’t know how I feel about her personally but I do like most of her music. I saw her in concert a few years ago and she was really great.

  30. anti-icon says:

    Sheryl Crow had to know Lance Armstrong was Doping, huge. She was with him 24/7. Her refusal to cooperate with the ADA investigation……

    sorry, that don’t fly.

    She’s making Besty Andreau look wrong, when in fact, Besty is the MORAL CENTER of this entire fiasco….which ruined so many regular, normal people’s lives.

    Shame on Sheryl Crow.

  31. Kosmos says:

    I’ve also heard that he was temperamental and difficult to be around at times, so what woman could stand him for long? Cheryl is way better off now that he’s let her go. Truly, Lance seems like a total egomaniac, who will do anything to be a star, even to the extent of lying to everyone for so long. He said it himself, he is a flawed individual, very very flawed….

  32. ParisPucker says:

    I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t have an upper lip, sorry.