WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02: Chrisette Michele performs a song for President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Madam Ho Ching at the White House on August 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Obamas are hosting the prime minister and his wife for an official state dinner. (Photo by Leigh Vogel-Pool/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Chrisette Michele recently revealed she believes her miscarriage, career issues and suicidal thoughts were due to the backlash she received from singing for President Donald Trump.
In January, the songstress took the stage at Trump’s inauguration. Although she said she did not support him, she shared with The Breakfast Club Thursday she wanted to perform to send a message of hope.
“We’re hurting. I want to be there to console,” she told the radio hosts while reflecting on the experience. “I thought that saying that everything was going to be alright was the right thing to say. And I was wrong.”
While she has since apologized, the criticism she has heard has been immense. From death threats to canceled business deals to a loss of fans, she said the reactions have been “hurtful.”
In fact, she believes the pressure played a factor in her miscarriage and label troubles, news she first shared in now-deleted Instagram posts.
“The stress of just being an artist sometimes is a lot. But the stress of Trump becoming the president, the stress of me being associated with someone I don’t support and then the stress of me being hated online and then the stress of me wondering if I ever wanted to sing again, I think had a lot to do with the stress on my body,” she said.
Now she says she regrets singing for the president, and she’s been doing yoga and taking breaks from social media to work on her anxiety
With her new music, she wants to be more open about her mental health and learn different ways to advocate for her community.
“It’s got to be this is how we’re going to get to the next place. Instead of saying it’s going to be all right, show me it’s going to be alright. That’s my biggest takeaway,” she admitted. “You can’t just stand anywhere and tell people everything is fine.”