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Michael Bolton Says He Wasn't Sleeping During Live TV Interview, He Was Tweeting

Looks can be deceiving, and in the case of Michael Bolton appearing to have fallen asleep during a live TV interview, the singer claims everyone’s been deceived. He wasn’t sleeping, he was merely looking down at his phone.

The 65-year-old musician appeared on Australia’s The Morning Show on Monday. Bolton made a video call from Florida to speak with show hosts Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur, and during one particular moment, Bolton’s eyes seemed to be closed. The hosts tried to get Bolton’s attention and after a brief moment, the singer finally opened his eyes and said, “It’s gone silent,” before closing his eyes again.

Clips of the incident made a splash on social media with dozens of fans questioning if Bolton’s eyes were closed because he was sleeping. However, the “When A Man Loves A Woman” singer took to Twitter to explain the situation and said his appearance was riddled with technical difficulties.

“I got my first record deal when I was 15 and I haven’t slept since!!” he wrote. “In all seriousness there were technical issues with the live feed and they caught me tweeting! We had a great interview once they fixed the glitch.”

Bolton’s interview went accordingly after the live feed was fixed.

His appearance on the morning news program comes in the midst of his 50-year career anniversary and the debut of his latest album, Symphony of Hits, which includes updated renditions of some of his greatest songs performed with a symphony orchestra. The album is expected to be released on Friday.

Although Bolton denied sleeping during the segment, he wouldn’t have been the first celebrity to doze off during a live interview. Actor Morgan Freeman famously fell asleep during an interview with Fox’s Seattle affiliate, Q13 News, in 2013. He later denied snoozing during the interview and told People that he was a “beta tester for Google Eyelids.”

“I was merely updating my Facebook page,” he teased.

Tony Goldwyn, who is known for easily falling into a deep sleep regardless of his location, also fell asleep during a live interview on The Ellen Show in 2015. Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres challenged the Scandal actor’s ability to fall asleep at a moment’s notice on the show and Goldwyn did indeed drift asleep for a few minutes.

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