OFFSTAGE: Jason Aldean Apologizes for Candid Photo With American Idol Contestant

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What you do in your private life is private. Unless, you know, you’re in a public place — and you’re a celebrity, and everyone around has a cellphone and a penchant for gossip. Then your private life is suddenly extremely public. Jason Aldean found this out the hard way when grainy pictures of him flirting with a woman surfaced on the Internet Sunday (Sept. 30). He’d been at the Den, a club in Hollywood last week and, according to his apology , had had too much to drink. “The truth is that I screwed up. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar. I left alone, caught the bus to our next show, and that’s the end of the story,” he wrote, in an effort to talk to his fans directly instead of just letting them jump to conclusions about what may have happened after the pictures were taken.

The girl Aldean was talking to at the bar was former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr from North Carolina, who actually looks like she’s crying in a few of the pictures. In an American Idol video , Kerr named Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery and Kellie Pickler as some of her favorite Idol contestants.

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