Idina Menzel: John Travolta's Adele Dazeem Oscars Flub "Threw Me For Like Eight Seconds"

Celebrity News Apr. 3, 2014 AT 1:00PM
Idina Menzel and John Travolta Idina Menzel admitted she heard John Travolta's Adele Dazeem Oscars flub during an appearance on the Today show on Thursday, April 3; "It threw me for like eight seconds Credit: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic; C Flanigan/WireImage.com

Letting it go is her motto these days, after all. Idina Menzel has opened up once again about John Travolta's unfortunate Adele Dazeem Oscars flub. The Frozen actress admitted she definitely heard it backstage, which threw her for a loop just seconds before performing for millions.

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"I heard it, I did," Menzel, 42, told Today's Savannah Guthrie on Thursday, April 3. "I don't want to keep saying it because I don't want him to feel worse or anything, because he sent lots of apologies and everything that were really nice."

"It threw me for like eight seconds because I had done this whole preparation to make sure I really was in my body and didn't get too nervous, and let Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep sitting there make me so nervous," she continued. "So I was picturing my son Walker and singing it to him like we do in the bathtub and make sure I breathe -- and then [Travolta] said my name like that and I was like, 'Did that just happen?'" (Menzel is mom to 4-year-old Walker with estranged husband Taye Diggs, whom she split from back in December 2013 after 10 years of marriage.)

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"Then the orchestra started and then for eight seconds, I said, 'Get your s--t together!" Menzel added to Guthrie. "And like, stop worrying about your name and sing this song! The world is going to see this song.' So, it took me about eight seconds to get over myself."

The Broadway veteran revealed in Billboard's March 2014 issue that Travolta, 60, sent her a "gorgeous email" after the famous debacle, and the two are now "buddies." Clearly, she's taken the lyrics to her Frozen smash hit "Let It Go" to heart.

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"Instead of worrying, why not enjoy the idea of the positive outcome, and if it doesn't happen, you get over it," Menzel said in Backstage magazine this month. "That's what I'm trying to live by. I'm always afraid to feel foolish, just put it out there. But right now, it feels good."

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