A representative for Rihanna has dismissed Donald Trump’s angry comments over the R&B/Pop singerâs last minute withdrawal from his cancer fundraiser event, insisting she was ordered by doctors not to travel. The âOnly Girlâ hitmaker was booked to perform at Trump’s private club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday, February 19, but she pulled out due to sickness.
The following day Rihanna performed at the NBA All-Star basketball game in Los Angeles, which infuriated Trump and provoked some insulting comments.
âI thought that (Rihanna bailing) was insulting to everyone,â Trump tells Page2Live. âBut for Rihanna to go to the (NBA) All-Star game and perform after she told us she was sick, that is just a lack of respect. But, nothing was missed. Jenniferâs a beautiful girl,â says Trump. âShe came on her day off even though she performs almost every night. She is an unbelievable talent, and her voice is better.â
Now Rihannaâs rep has spoken out to clarify why she wasn’t able to attend Trump’s gig, telling Access Hollywood, “Rihanna was recovering (from) bronchitis and her doctor advised her not to get on a plane as she would risk losing her voice and damaging her vocal chords. She feels terrible she couldn’t attend but was so grateful Jennifer Hudson graciously stepped in.”
The trump event was the second cancellation from Rihanna this month due to illness. She canceled a fundraising gig earlier this month ahead of her Grammys performance.