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Tim McGraw explains why he slapped fangirl



She liked it, she loved it, she wanted some more of it — and then one unsuspecting fan at Tim McGraw’s Atlanta concert received a swift slap in the face, which we’re sure she’ll never wash again.

Now, McGraw is giving his unapologetic explanation of what exactly happened on the night of July 13.

As you may have seen, a video surfaced on TMZ last week showing McGraw slapping a woman in the front row of his show in Atlanta. The singer was performing Truck Yeah when the fan grabbed his leg and wouldn’t let go of his jeans. In fact, she was clutching them with such fangirl-induced fervor that she ripped them, ripped them good — not that that’s such an unimaginable feat, considering their distressed, already-torn tightness, but we digress.

Seconds after the woman loosened her grip, McGraw, in his words, “swatted” her away. In the face.

He has since spoken to ET Canada about the incident, saying, “It happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on.”

The country star added, “Nobody feels good about it, but there’s nothing that could be done about it.”

Except for, you know, not slapping a woman in the face.

The incident isn’t going away, and even if it was, McGraw is making sure to keep bringing it up, just for good measure.

At his Toronto concert on Sunday, the singer took some time to defend himself while the audience’s attention was nice and undivided.

“I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on,” he said. “You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable. Things happen,” McGraw said, likely referring to his nightly catwalk during which he reaches out to fans. “And sometimes, you react. There’s nothing to be said about it.”

Except to keep telling yourself and everyone else that it’s totally not your fault you slapped an adoring woman in the face.

Stand back, ladies!

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Stand back, ladies!

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:18am]


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