He could have just said "I was in the Army ... I don't care to talk about it. It's not relevant." and that would have been the end of that.
But noooooo ...
'Idol' is addicted to sob stories ... and that's an open invitation for lying scumbags to ply them with BS.
“I’m sooooo sorry”. Well, that was a lie. No, I’m not sorry. Well, that was a lie too.