'I'm not crazy' says the Ukrainian journalist who gatecrashed Adele's Grammy acceptance speech


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The man who crashed the stage at the Grammy Awards, has spoken out saying “I’m not a crazy guy. I just think differently.”

Vitalii Sediuk, a 24-year-old journalist from Ukraine known for playing pranks on celebrities, made it onto the stage at the awards in LA on Sunday night and almost managed to accept an award on Adele’s behalf.

After gatecrashing the ceremony by going along with a friend who had tickets, he found a seat in the second row alongside the likes of  Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Sediuk who says his “purpose” is “to entertain and to show a different emotion of celebrities,” claimed that the stunt was simple a spur-of-the-moment thing.

"The idea to go on the stage came up at the last second,” he said. “To be honest, Adele is my favorite singer. So when I heard her name, I came up with this idea to go up on the stage and say what I said. … I pretended this was an award for me, and then I said, 'Thank you, Adele. You’re my inspiration.'”

Sediuk, who once received a slap for kissing Will Smith on a red carpet and presented Madonna with a hydrangea (a flower she hates) at a press conference, then had to deal with the presenter Jennifer Lopez.

"I don't remember her [facial] expression, but I remember someone pulled me. When I saw the video, I realized it was Jennifer Lopez," he added.

He was then taken backstage by security, arrested by police and charged with trespassing, he will appear in court in March.