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Jennifer Holliday: I Got Death Threats Over Performing at Trump Inauguration

ABC's "The View"

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Jan 2017 05:44 PM

Jennifer Holliday said she received death threats when she announced she would be performing at a concert celebrating the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday night.

In an appearance on ABC's "The View" on Tuesday, Holliday said death threats were among a variety of unkind things said to her before she decided to pull out of the performance.

Among them, she said she was called the "n-word."

"I haven't done anything to be called names," she said. "I woke up and there was like this whole thing of terrible tweets and things on my Instagram, and I was like, 'Oh Lord, what did I do?'"

Holliday said she lives "a pretty reclusive life."

"You're not on the radio, and then one morning you wake up and everyone hates you," she said.

Holliday initially said she accepted the invitation to the "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" because she saw it as a way to bring the nation together after a contentious campaign. It was not intended to show support for Trump, she said.

But following an article on The Daily Beast that said she had disappointed her LGBT fan base, the former "Dreamgirls" star apologized and backed out.

She did not mention the death threats in an open letter published Saturday.

Others have received backlash, including death threats, leading them to back out. Among them, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

Still, others have stood up against professional and personal threats, and will perform at Thursday's concert at the Lincoln Memorial or at Trump's inauguration Friday.

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