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Jennifer Holliday talks about the Trump inauguration controversy with the ladies of ‘The View’

Jennifer Holliday claims she was not be aware that people weren’t over the election when she agreed to sing at a Trump inauguration event.

She told the ladies of The View today she initially agreed to perform ‘because I’m an artist and I love America.

‘I have performed for four other presidents. I really didn’t think anything of it. It didn’t dawn on me that this was a bad thing and that we weren’t doing America right now.’

She soon found out.

‘One day you wake up and everyone hates you,’ said Holliday who was shocked by ‘terrible tweets and things on my Instagram.’

She had even received death threats, was repeatedly called the N-word and even told she should commit suicide.

Holliday was blindsided because ‘we hadn’t really finalized everything yet. I didn’t know they were going to announce it.’

Holliday sent an email to the Trump people bowing out because ‘it had gotten out of hand.

Although she had initially defended her decision in interviews with The New York Times and Billboard, Holliday explained that it was an article in The Daily Beast explaining why her decision was heartbreaking to gay fans in particular.

‘The gay community, since Dreamgirls, for 35 years has been faithfully there for me.’ Holliday said.

‘The gay community was able to say through the Daily Beast “Look, it’s not just we want to be married. There are other things going on you’re not aware of.” I was like, “Okay, thank you. I’m gonna pull out.”‘

The spotlight has not shone this brightly on Holliday since her early years of stardom with Dreamgirls in the early 1980s.

She was recently back on Broadway in The Color Purple.

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