Michael Bolton: I didn’t fall asleep on live TV — 'they caught me tweeting!'

Time, love … and Twitter? Michael Bolton debunked speculation that he fell asleep during a live interview on Australia’s The Morning Show — and blamed it on his social media usage.

“I got my first record deal when I was 15 and I haven’t slept since!!” tweeted the “When a Man Loves a Woman” crooner, 65, on Tuesday, February 5, hours after the cringeworthy video surfaced, which showed him seemingly dozing off as the show’s hosts tried to get his attention.

Bolton added alongside a GIF of himself: “In all seriousness there were technical issues with the live feed and they caught me tweeting! We had a great interview once they fixed the glitch. #FakeNews #50thAnniversary #SymphonyOfHits.”

The previous day, a clip of the Grammy winner apparently taking a nap made headlines. As the Morning Show’s cohosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies attempted to cue him in, Bolton’s eyes closed.

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“As always, we’re looking forward to talking to the great man Michael Bolton, who joins us now live from Florida. Good morning and welcome back to the show,” Emdur, 54, said to which Gillies, 51, added, “Hi, Michael. It’s Kylie and Larry. We’re with you live.”

Bolton quickly opened his eyes and mumbled, “It’s gone silent,” before his lids shut once again. Emdur and Gillies didn’t let the situation shake them, though, and laughed off the singer’s actions.

“What time is it in Florida?” Gillies jokingly asked, to which Emdur quipped, “Cocktail time.”

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WATER MILL, NY - AUGUST 18: Michael Bolton and Tracy Anderson attend 'An Intimate Evening Under The Stars With Michael Bolton' on August 18, 2018 in Water Mill, New York. (Photo by Steven A Henry/WireImage)
WATER MILL, NY - AUGUST 18: Michael Bolton attends 'An Intimate Evening Under The Stars With Michael Bolton' on August 18, 2018 in Water Mill, New York. (Photo by Steven A Henry/WireImage)
WATER MILL, NY - AUGUST 18: Michael Bolton attends 'An Intimate Evening Under The Stars With Michael Bolton' on August 18, 2018 in Water Mill, New York. (Photo by Steven A Henry/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 07: Michael Bolton is seen on July 07, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01: Michael Bolton performs with The Lonely Island on the Colossal Stage during Clusterfest at Civic Center Plaza and The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 26: Michael Bolton is seen on May 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Michael Bolton (L) and Akiva Schaffer attend the World Premiere of 'Michael Bolton's American Dream: Detroit' at Pacific Theatres at The Grove on May 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Michael Bolton attends the World Premiere of 'Michael Bolton's American Dream: Detroit' at Pacific Theatres at The Grove on May 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Caruso Vice President of of Strategic Alliances & Entertainment Bill Cluverius, Michael Bolton and Event Producer Mary Jo Coveny attend the world premiere of American Dream: Detroit at The Grove on May 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Caruso)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Michael Bolton attends the world premiere of American Dream: Detroit at The Grove on May 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Caruso)
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After the technical difficulties were fixed, Bolton reappeared on the screen stating, “I can hear you perfectly.” The “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” singer’s interview then went off without a hitch while he reflected on his momentous career.

“It’s always great to me because the whole truck, the whole journey, took so long before I had success that I don’t know any way to not appreciate it,” said Bolton — who is currently promoting his new album A Symphony of Hits. “There were definitely different times and experiences in my life, but most of all, the fact that you’re playing [my songs] because you know there are people who have embraced them for so many years, that’s not a small deal. That’s a big deal for me. It took me 18 years before I started having hits.”

 

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