Chrisette Michele’s name was dragged through the mud after the singer agreed to perform at Donald Trump’s Inaugural Ball and it hasn’t slowed down.
Despite being berated on social media by fans, being offered money to not sing and even having Spike Lee pull her track “Black Girl Magic” from his new series She’s Gotta Have It, the singer still stuck to her guns. But now, is the pop star regretting her decision to participate?
The New York native has gone on record to say that her family “disowned” her after taking on what probably felt like an opportunity of a life time. “ll say that the backlash, I did personally feel, came from members of my extended family who decided that they didn’t want to speak to me anymore or support my family in supporting me,” she told Billboard.
She explained that she was also “saddened by Spike Lee’s comments because he’s somebody that I look up to in our community. Now that I’m working on my own show, I’m looking to him, so he’s the one I’m supposed to be able to come to and say, ‘Ok, Spike, you understand my city, where I’m from, my world, show me how to do this.'”
Michele, who confirmed that she did indeed get a check for performing, also said that at the end of it all, she didn’t even get to meet Trump. “Originally I was supposed to perform directly after his first speech, and I had done that with Barack Obama before, so I was used to that kind of experience. And the woman who organized the event came and told me, ‘Now you’re going to go first and he’s going to go after you.; I looked her in the eye and said, ‘My family has disowned me. If you decide to Google me, you’ll see that America is writing about me in their newspapers. I’m the black poster child for discord right now, and he’s not going to shake my hand?’ So no, I didn’t get to meet him.”
CM, who released a poem titled “No Political Genius” following all the backlash, also opened up about the controversial performance while on The Breakfast Club.