The singer caught the illness from her kids.

By Faith Brar
Updated: February 05, 2018

If you feel like you always get sick at the worst time, Pink can relate. The singer said she was battling the flu while singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the game last night. (Related: More People Are Hospitalized for the Flu Right Now Than Ever Recorded)

The three-time Grammy winner took to Instagram the day before the game to share how she was "trying to practice the flu away" after catching it from her kids. But performing at the Super Bowl had been a dream for the singer since she saw Whitney Houston do so in 1991. (P.S. It's not too late to get the flu shot, especially since it's possible to get the flu twice in one season.)

"It just so happens that this chance comes when I have two small Petri dish kids who literally cough INTO MY MOUTH and rub their snot on my cheek," she wrote alongside a photo of her rehearsing. "You can't write this stuff I swear! And here we are. I've arrived at another one of my dreams which is slowly becoming a sort of nightmare. I will tell you, this is one of the biggest honors of my life, singing this song in front of my family, my military family, my dad, and brother and stepmama and family and the world."

The performance was a big deal for the mom not just because it was her first Super Bowl appearance, but also because she's from Philadelphia and the Eagles are her favorite team. After they won the NFC Championship game in January, the singer pretty much lost it on Twitter:

As for the rest of us mortals who aren't performing at the biggest football game of the year, please just call in sick if you think you have the flu. (And don't feel guilty-today is the sickest day in America.)

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