Chrisette Michele Apologizes For Trump Inauguration Performance, Addresses Questlove's Criticism
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(AllHipHop News) R&B vocalist Chrisette Michele has been hit with significant backlash for performing at Donald Trump's Inauguration in January. The "Be OK" singer stopped by The Breakfast Club to talk about the negative reaction she's received on social media and how it may have contributed to her suffering a miscarriage.
"Literally, the stress of being an artist sometimes is a lot," she said. "But the stress of Trump becoming the president, the stress of me being so associated with someone who I don't support, the stress of the hatred online, and then the stress of me wondering if I ever want to sing again, I think that had a lot to do with the stress on my body."
When asked if she regretted singing at the Inauguration, Chrisette responded, "I regret everything that happened. I think that was a bad choice." She later added, "There's always got to be some sense of hope. That message on that stage was the wrong time and the wrong place, and I apologize deeply for the people that I hurt."
Questlove of The Roots was among the critics to voice his disappointment about Chrisette's Trump moment. In response to reports the songwriter was doing the gig for a $250,000-$750,000 payout, Quest tweeted, "I'd pay Chrisette to NOT perform."
The Power 105.1 interview included Chrisette claiming the money was not the reason for her attending the celebration of Trump's election victory. She also directly addressed Questlove's comment.
"My thing with people like Questlove who said, 'You needed the money' - Questlove has my phone number. If I needed the money, why didn't you call me and say, 'Yo sis, are you good?'" stated Chrisette. "I just came off a 32-city tour before that, and then I was finishing up an 18-city tour after that. I've never been strapped for performances. And the $750,000 and the $250,000 were made up numbers."
In addition, DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God questioned Chrisette Michele about posting someone else's miscarriage photograph on Instagram, getting dropped by Caroline Records/Capitol Music Group, battling suicidal thoughts, and more.
The conversation ended with Chrisette reiterating her apology for showing up to the Inaugural Ball. She offered, "I made a bad decision. I did something that hurt a lot of people. It was offensive. While that wasn't my intention, it's what happened, and for that, I'm deeply sorry."