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After Trump inauguration controversy, Raheem DeVaughn’s still standing by his cousin Chrisette Michele: “I don’t turn my back on…people that I love


Courtesy of 368 Music GroupNearly two years after the fact, Chrisette Michele is still feeling the fallout of performing at President Trump‘s inauguration, but at least one singer is standing by her: her cousin, Raheem DeVaughn.

Because Michele sang at an inauguration in January 2017, she’s faced severe criticism. DeVaughn says he does not agree with her decision, but notes that unlike some other artists, he hasn’t abandoned her.

“I remember when she opened up for me. Our connection is different,” the three-time Grammy nominee says. “I don’t turn my back on friends or people that I love, or support based on a bad decision that they might have made, because everybody makes bad decisions.”  

DeVaughn reveals that because of that “bad decision,” some concert promoters are reluctant to book Michele.

“I remember conversations happening around that time, with like promoters, asking did I feel comfortable even doing shows with her,” the 45-year-old singer says. “It got that deep, so I can only imagine what she encountered on her side.”

“She’s her own person, and only Chrissy knows why she did what she did,” he continues. “My personal opinion? Would I have done it? No.”

DeVaughn recently released his sixth studio album, Decade of a Love King, which includes the single “Don’t Come Easy.” 

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