Mark Wahlberg comes clean about why he fled Super Bowl
FINALLY the truth comes out.
That doesn't make it any easier for Mark Wahlberg to deal with the knowledge that he bailed on his NFL team before their defining moment of triumph.
The Hollywood star has finally revealed why he really walked out during the New England Patriots' fairytale comeback from 28-3 down to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI in Houston.
It is the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history - and Wahlberg missed it.
More importantly, everyone knows he missed it.
He was spotted leaving a luxury suite inside Houston's NRG Stadium with his family in the third quarter (when his team still trailed by 25 points) causing one helluva scandal as he was accused of everything from being a fake fan to being a sore loser.
His first response to the storm was to cover up the real reason for his poorly-timed walk out with wife Thea Durham and his two boys Michael and Brendan.
It immediately poured cold water on the entire controversy.
Wahlberg released a public statement on Instagram saying his youngest son Brendan "wasn't feeling well".
He then doubled down on the white lie, saying his son only got better two days after the game.
End of story, right? Wrong.
In an interview with Men's Health, Wahlberg has finally revealed the truth more than nine months after the famous game, throwing his son under the bus in the process.
Wahlberg revealed the reason they walked out was because eight-year-old son Brendan was making a scene, swearing like a sailor during a world-class hissy fit as the family watched their beloved Patriots getting annihilated.
"He was spitting out F-bombs and going crazy," Wahlberg told reporter Stephen Rodrick.
"It was bad. He was lying down on the carpet. He was very upset."
He said wife Rhea wanted to stay, but Wahlberg insisted the team leave.
Wahlberg said Brendan didn't learn anything from the sorry story.
"Heck no. He's a vicious sore loser," Wahlberg said.
"He wants the ball. He hates when his brother gets it. When he doesn't get the ball, he goes crazy. He throws rocks."
Wahlberg was repeatedly forced to address the early exit in interviews after the Super Bowl in February, but his story certainly appeased Patriots officials. He was invited as a guest of honour to the unveiling of their fifth Super Bowl banner in September ahead of their first home game of this season against Kansas City.
He even helped introduce the team to the stage.
"Patriots fans! We've seen a lot of incredible moments over the past 15 years and witnessed a modern-day dynasty born before our very eyes," he said in the introduction.
"We are now going to relive these historic moments and honour the championships that have come before. Please welcome Kevin Faulk, Matt Light, Deion Branch, and, our boy, Julian Edelman."
He went on to try and explain how unbelievable the Patriots' comeback was in Super Bowl LI - the moment he will never be able to go back in time to see.
"On the evening of February 5th, 2017, the Patriots trailed the Atlanta Falcons 28-3 with two minutes and 12 seconds left in the third quarter," he said.
'At that moment, the odds of a Patriots loss were 99.6 per cent, and with the deficit of 25 points, at 2.5 times greater than any overcome in a Super Bowl, what happened next defied logic. So does a 39-year-old quarterback, the greatest of all time, played at a level that nobody has ever seen before."
That's still gotta sting.