Michele recently appeared on ‘The Breakfast Club’ to discuss—among other things—a series of Instagram posts.
During the session, Michele revealed that she felt suicidal, she was dropped from her label and had a miscarriage—all in one year.
But the important part is that much of her grief, she said, arise from her inauguration performance during President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January.
Michele feels hurt that her passion for singing landed her to a platform, where she was compelled to sing for someone she doesn’t support at all. She even cites how she got online enemies following his January decision.
“For sure, at times, the stress of being an artist can be a lot,” she stated. “But the stress of Donald Trump becoming our president, and the stress of I being associated with somebody who I don’t support, in addition to the stress of the online hatred …”
“And then the stress of I never wanting to sing again—I think that contributed a lot to the stress I currently feel on my body.”
“I really regret everything that took place,” she said about performing for Mr. Trump. “I think [that] was a bad choice for me.”
Other than repeatedly apologizing for her “mistake,” Michele explains why exactly she thought it was a good idea for her, during that time —but emphasizes that it had nothing to do with the love of money.
“My biggest concern is with folks like Questlove who claimed that, ‘You needed the money.’” Michele adds. “Questlove has my phone number. So if he knew I needed the money, then why didn’t he call me and say: ‘Hi sister? Are you good?’”
“Before the performance, I had I just finished a 32-city tour, and I was to have an 18-city tour after the January event. I’ve never performed because I’m desperate for money. And this $250k and $750k (for Trump’s inauguration performance) you hear people claim I was paid—those were just numbers that folks made up.”
“Initially, I thought that saying: ‘everything will be alright,’ (with the January performance) was the right thing for me to say, “She regrets. “But indeed I was wrong.”