While many of us have been reeling since the current president took office, whether, by his words, policies or Twitter antics, singer Chrisette Michele is opening up about how her choice to sing at his inauguration has cost her tremendously.
When the R&B singer first was approached to sing at the inauguration, it was well documented and talked about that a whole host of other musicians had purposefully and deliberately declined because they felt so strongly about his divisive and bigoted rhetoric.
Michele seemed to think it was a good opportunity regardless. Many accused her of doing it for a check as countless fans and even some of her peers implored her to back out.
After the performance, much of this year has been downright excruciating for the star, she has been battling depression and suicidal ideation. She began to drink excessively and started taking Xanax on a regular basis. From that unheavy habit, she decided to pivot her energy into working out vigorously.
Michele claims her binge eating habits started to show themselves again during this time. The singer says she was so unhappy and so miserable that she kept treating her body in an unkind manner. She claims she suffered a miscarriage which she likens to a physical manifestation of a decisive nation. Except Twitter sleuths found out she actually lifted someone else’s picture of bloody miscarriage tissue from the internet and passed it off as her own.
The latest development is now she’s been dropped by her record label. It’s unclear whether lack of sales, public outcry or the singer’s own disposition was the catalyst to such a decision. It could have been a combination of all three. Michele claims Capitol Records dropped her after she recorded an entire album.
When the singer took to social media to explain what had been transpiring these several months, she wasn’t met with much sympathy. Instead, people reminded her that everyone has a choice and to sing in support of Trump alienated a lot of people who support her and her music.
Instead of apologizing for a wrong decision, she doubled down by saying that her fans were “choice shaming” her.
This hasn’t inspired changed minds as many stand behind the fact that no artist is entitled to the unconditional support of a fanbase.