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Pink's Super Bowl performance threatened by flu

Pink performs at the Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday. (Matt Sayles / Invision/Associated Press)
Pink performs at the Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday. (Matt Sayles / Invision/Associated Press)

Pink’s performance of the national anthem at Sunday’s Super Bowl may be derailed by the flu.

The singer wrote on Instagram on Saturday that, after rehearsals for her performance of “The Star Spangled Banner,” she may not be well enough to perform at her peak. 

“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,” she wrote. But alas, “I’ve arrived at another one of my dreams which is slowly becoming a sort of nightmare.”

This year’s flu season has been exceptionally debilitating, with hospitals in California and around the nation overflowing with patients seeking treatment.

Pink’s flu was evident in a pre-Super Bowl performance in Minneapolis, the site of this year’s contest.

“Early during Friday's performance, the pop star, a mother of two, explained that she got a cold from her kindergartner.” wrote Jon Bream in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Throughout the concert, the singer guzzled water, chewed gum and carried on, OK, she let her two backup singers carry passages on a few songs.”

Pink held out hope for her Super Bowl moment in her post.

“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,” she wrote. “I promise I will do my best, as I always do.”

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