08:28 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 12/31/2013 10:35AM
Beyoncé says she meant no disrespect to the seven astronauts who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion after she used audio from the disaster in her new love song "XO."
The song opens with a six-second audio sample from Jan. 28, 1986, of now-retired NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt saying, "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction."
Under fire from friends and family of the astronauts for supposedly making light of the disaster, the pop star, 32, tells ABC News that the sample is actually meant to be a tribute to the dead.
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