Superstar Beyonce.
Superstar Beyonce.

Beyonce defends use of Challenger disaster audio in XO

BEYONCE has defended a video clip featuring audio taken just after the Challenger broke apart in 1986, saying she hoped the song would 'help heal those who have lost loved ones'.

'Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction,' a NASA public affairs official said as wreckage fell toward earth on live TV.

The 32-year-old said in a statement to ABC News: 'The song XO was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones.'

The Halo singer said the reference should 'remind us that unexpected things happen,' so people should 'love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you.'

She also said, 'My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster.'

Her statement ended with: 'The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.'

The Challenger exploded 73 seconds after taking off from the Kennedy Space Center Jan. 28, 1986. All seven crew members aboard were killed.

ABC News reported 'former and current NASA astronauts, employees and Challenger family members argue that using it in a pop song mocks the crew's sacrifice and opens fresh wounds.'

More on this story at the Daily Mail