Justin Bieber reportedly turned down a gig near the Republican National Convention at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena last week that would have brought him a $5 million payday after his manager, a Hillary Clinton supporter, considered quitting, TMZ reported
Bieber, a Canadian who, according to The Guardian
, once got in trouble for shouting "F*** Bill Clinton" in a 2013 viral video, ultimately declined to sign on for the 45-minute performance that was to be paid for by GOP donors, the celebrity gossip site noted.
Bieber's manager Scooter Braun appeared to be the holdup standing in the way of the singer and what would have been his biggest single-event payday ever, according to TMZ.
Promoters reportedly told the "Sorry" singer that the event was not political and his appearance there would not constitute an endorsement of Republican nominee Donald Trump or the GOP.
But Braun, a Clinton supporter, ultimately made the decision for Bieber.
"We're told Scooter wasn't heavy-handed at first, and talked to Justin about putting Black Lives Matter banners up in the venue," TMZ reported. "We're told Braun was told he could not display BLM banners, but the donors would accept banners that read 'All Lives Matter.' The donors also made it clear . . . Justin could say nothing disparaging about Trump or the GOP."
"We're told Scooter told Justin it was up to him if he wanted to do the show, but he said he couldn't continue to represent the singer if he did, out of principle. Scooter felt the GOP was using Bieber as its tool," the site continued.
Sources told TMZ that Bieber was also turned off when he learned that LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball star who promoters said was planning to attend a similar event to welcome the GOP without making a political statement, was not even supposed to be in town that week.
Bieber then turned down the $5 million offer.
Last August, Braun held a celebrity fundraiser for Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, at his Los Angeles home, which was attended by stars like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Kris Jenner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sim Farar, Jessica Alba, Cash Warren, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Usher, Jason Collins, and Mary Steenburgen, according to Variety
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