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Chrisette Michele says performing for President Trump’s inauguration ball was the wrong decision


Aaron J. Thornton/Getty ImagesChrisette Michele received a lot of backlash following her performance alongside Travis Greene at President Donald Trump‘s inauguration ball in January. 

Although she’s previously defended that appearance, the singer now has admitted to TV host Roland Martin on News One Now that “it was the wrong decision.”   

Michele told Martin, “I didn’t vote for Trump, and I’m sure you didn’t. I think that was just something that was really painful for everybody. I think everybody was in shock.” 

“The only thing I could think to do is say, ‘How can we heal? How can we lift each other up in this really uncomfortable, scary time?’ 

Chrisette continued: “And so my intention was to bring healing. We sang a gospel song with Travis Greene. I backed him up. It didn’t do what I wanted it to do. It definitely didn’t heal.” 

Michele also reminded viewers that she’s performed for Barack Obama and the NAACP, and also supported Obama during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. 

Chrisette previously told Billboard that she was surprised by the strong criticism she received from fans and celebrities for her appearance at Trump’s inauguration. 

Her sixth studio album, Out of Control, is expected to arrive April 13, 2018 via her own label, Rich Hipster. 

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