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Grammy-Winning Singer Says Performing for Trump Inauguration Ball Bombed Her Career

A Grammy award-winning singer thought performing at one of President Donald Trump’s inaugural balls would help unite the country.

Instead, it bombed her career.

Chrisette Michele spoke to the Washington Post about the tumultuous last two years since she took $75,000 to sing a single song for the ball.

According to WaPo, the Inaugural Ball gig nearly ended her career after fans bailed.

The 36-year-old lost an album distribution deal and radio stations stopped playing her songs. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and endured a miscarriage that she publicly attributed to stress from death threats and a hydrant of criticism. The singer who wrote “Strong Black Woman” wondered if she should just stop singing forever.

Reflecting on the moment now, she says she realizes that her association with Trump did not leave her fans feel hopeful, but betrayed.

“They didn’t feel represented in that moment. They felt misrepresented,” Michele said. “They felt further misunderstood, and they felt the person they were depending on to speak on their behalf just betrayed them.”

Although Michele performed at one of Trump’s balls, she did not meet the president and says she did not vote for him. She is still singing but to much smaller crowds.

Watch her career-costing performance, above

 

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