Josh Duhamel defends Fergie's performance of national anthem, calls her amazing

Josh Duhamel says it's hard to see his ex get bashed on social media but assures Ellen that Fergie is a "resilient" woman.

Josh Duhamel defends Fergie's performance of national anthem, calls her amazing

Josh Duhamel and Fergie split last September but he's still got her back.

On Friday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Duhamel defended Fergie's widely criticized performance of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the NBA All-Star Game. 

"She's been slammed and hammered for this national anthem thing. That must be hard," stated Ellen DeGeneres. "How is she doing?" she asked.

“I think that she would probably admit that it was not her best work. But the girl’s crazy-talented, she really is. And she’s an amazing woman, an amazing human being,” says Duhamel as the audience cheered.

The 45-year-old Unsolved actor continued; "It's hard to see someone you care about get beat up like that. But that's the business — you're in this business and you put yourself out there, and sometimes you win and sometimes you don't."

While Ellen continued to worry, Duhamel assured her “Trust me, she’s fine. She is about as resilient as they come.”

On February 18, the 42-year-old 'Big Girls Don't Cry' singer performed a sultry rendition of the national anthem, reworking the tune to more of a jazzy beat. Many took to Twitter and slammed her rendition. The day after the All-Star game, Fergie opened up about her polarizing performance.

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” she told PEOPLE. “I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”

Supporting the statement, Fergie's ex-husband praised her on the Ellen DeGeneres show and called her to be and "an amazing woman, an amazing human being.” The 45-year-old actor shares custody of 4-year-old Axl with Fergie. They had been married for 8 years before confirming their split last September. 

Fergie and Josh on their wedding day (Pinterest)

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