'Shamed' Armstrong says love for kids made him confess to doping

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 09:10 hrs

Lance Armstrong has said love and guilt towards his kids made him confess to doping to win Tour de France title.

Armstrong in an interview with Oprah Winfrey confessed and apologized for using performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins.

During the interview he came close to tears describing the impact of his exposure as a drugs cheat to his young children.

According to the Herald Sun, the disgraced Tour de France champion has three children with former wife Kristin Armstrong, son Luke (13) and twin daughters Isabelle and Grace (11), and a three-year-old son Max and two-year-old daughter Olivia to current partner Anna Hansen.

In the second part of Armstrong's interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong took several seconds to compose himself when he was asked what he told son Luke when his drug cheating became public.

He said that Luke was defending him to other kids, on Instagram, after the news broke out that he was involved in doping.

He added that at that point he decided to have that talk with him and told him to not defend him any more.

Armstrong said that after confessing to Luke, his son told him that he still loved him.

During the interview he said that he now felt a better human being after coming clean as a serial drugs cheat. (ANI)

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