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Matthew McConaughey ‘Mad’ And ‘Kind Of Sad’ Over Pal Lance Armstrong’s Doping Confession

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Matthew McConaughey probably won’t be sporting a Livestrong bracelet anytime soon, but he’s made peace with his friend, and fellow Texan, Lance Armstrong.

The A-lister told MTV News he was among those annoyed with Armstrong in wake of his doping confession last week, having been a confidante who trained, vacationed with and did charity work with the disgraced superstar.

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“My first reaction was I was p**sed off,” the actor 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.”

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Matthew said his anger cooled toward the now-former Tour de France champ when he realized that even knowing about Armstrong’s secret helper would have been a weight too heavy to carry.

“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?’” the Magic Mike hunk said.

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The Lincoln Lawyer star said he’s happy for Armstrong, not having to forever carry the weight of Atlas.

“I’ve put myself out of the way, and I am happy for this guy, who has now chosen to re-enter this new chapter of his life a truly free man,” Matthew said. “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.

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“Fourteen years he lied and carried the lie with him.”

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