By Bethonie Butler
Updated August 03, 2020 at 08:40 PM EDT

Confession time, PopWatchers. Raise your hand if you actually believed that an art school student named Bill Vendall was responsible for the phenomenon that was (pardon me, IS) Sanjaya Malakar. Dude claimed the American Idol hopeful was merely a product of his delightfully evil imagination. Oh, the horror! So who ripped that faux hawk cut-out off of the wall after watching that video? Who threw the hair gel in the bottom of their dresser drawer and deleted “You Really Got Me” from their iPod? No judgment. (Seriously though, you believed that?)

Apparently, somebody did. The Idol finalist himself was prompted to come clean about the hoax. His excuse? “Will Ferrell made me do that message.” (Ahem, Sanjaya, somebody already tried that one.) So wipe away those tears. He’s the real deal.

No, really, stop crying.