McConaughey angry at doping

Last updated 05:00 21/01/2013
Matthew McConaughey
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Matthew McConaughey.

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Matthew McConaughey was livid when his good friend Lance Armstrong came clean.

The 41-year-old seven-time Tour de France winner revealed to Oprah Winfrey during an interview that he had indeed used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.

McConaughey, who has been pals with Armstrong for a very long time, was shocked about the athlete’s deceit.

While the pair were training together for marathons, vacationing on the beach and doing charity work, Armstrong never mentioned that he doped up before winning titles.

"My first reaction was I was p**sed off," McConaughey told MTV News.

"I was mad. I then got kind of sad for him. First off, I had a part of me that took it kind of personally, which I think a lot of people have.

"For him, it was impersonal because he was living a lie. It was a whole unanimous facade he had to carry around."

McConaughey is choosing the high road in this matter.

He doesn’t want to harbour ill feelings towards Lance.

"What I realised is that those of us that took that personally, like, 'Oh, he lied to me,' it's not true," McConaughey explained.

"What I mean by this is, what was he supposed to do? Call me to the side and go, 'Hey man, I did it but don't tell anybody.' Then I would have really had a reason to be p**sed off at him, going, 'You want me to walk around holding this?'

“Where I am now is I've put myself out of the way and I am happy for this guy, who has now chosen to reenter this new chapter of his life a truly free man. And the weight he had on his shoulders, without the boogieman under the bed, the skeleton in the closet that he's carried for 14 years. Fourteen years he lied and carried the lie with him."

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