Beyoncé defends use of Challenger audio in song

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Updated: 12/31/2013 2:58 pm Published: 12/31/2013 2:55 pm

Beyoncé is under fire for using audio from the Challenger disaster in her new song "XO"

All seven crew members on the challenger died when the space shuttle exploded shortly after liftoff in 1986.

Former NASA astronauts and their families called the star's decision to use the audio, "insensitive."

Beyoncé issued a statement to ABC News, saying:

"My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. The song 'XO' was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you. The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten."

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