A lot of people criticized Lance Armstrong's performance for being emotionless in the first half of his big confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey, but we knew from earlier reports he was going to at least tear up at some point. It came when he spoke of telling his kids the truth.
"I told Luke, I said, 'don't defend me anymore," Armstrong said, finally, after choking up while describing how he finally told his children that he had cheated during his cycling career. He has five kids: a 13-year-old boy, 11-year-old twin girls, and another boy and girl under five years old. Armstrong said Luke, his eldest son, was, or is, usually harassed on social media and the Internet over their father's steroid accusations. "I knew I had to tell him. He never said 'Dad, is this true?' He trusted me!" It was when his son told him he was defending him that he knew he had to finally come clean. But they didn't end up having the conversation until just over the holidays. "'Listen, there's been a lot of questions about your dad, about my career, whether I doped or did not dope,'" he told them. "'I've always denied that, and I've always been ruthless and defiant about that, you guys have seen that. It's probably why you trusted me on it,' which makes it even sicker..." he told Oprah.
Armstrong also said the "most humbling moment" was when he was asked to step aside from the LiveStrong Foundation. He received a call a few weeks after resigning as chairman, and was asked to "consider stepping aside" from the board of directors -- for his own sake, of course. "To make that decision, and to step aside, was... that was big," he said. "I was never forced out, or told to leave. I was aware of the pressure... It hurt like hell." He told Oprah that was the lowest moment of his whole fall from grace.