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February 28, 2016 - ..Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John..Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Los Angeles, America - 28 Feb 2016. (Credit Image: © Matt Baron/Rex Shutterstock via ZUMA Press)

Singing superstar Sir Elton John has refused to perform at the inauguration of Donald Trump, when he takes the keys to the White House in January.

The Rocket Man star’s spokeswoman said that he would not be singing when the President-elect becomes the President.

 

Anthony Scaramucci, who is an economic adviser to Trump’s campaign, had said in a radio interview that Mr John would be performing.

He said: “Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the Mall for the inauguration.”

However, his publicist Fran Curtis said that was categorically not the case. She said: “Elton will not be performing at Trump’s inaugural.”

Mr John, who is married to David Furnish, and has two children, is a prominent gay rights campaigner. He was seen to back Mr Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton during her election campaign, performing at fundraising events for the Democrat.

The singer-songwriter has already clashed with Mr Trump, objecting when the Republican played Rocket Man and Tiny Dancer during his campaign rallies without permission.

Composer Mr John spoke out to say that use of his tracks “should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump.”

However, Mr Scaramucci said that Mr John could be assured that Mr Trump was pro gay rights. He said: “This will be the first American president in U.S. history that enters the White House with a pro-gay-rights stance. Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the mall for the inauguration.”

While Mrs Clinton had a raft of celebrity backers, Mr Trump concentrated on winning over disenfranchised voters. It is now not clear who will perform when he officially takes office.

However, Ted Nugent, Loretta Lynn and Kid Rock have all voiced their support for the entrepreneur. Kid Rock also performed for Barack Obama in 2009.

 

 

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Elizabeth
A journalist from the South West of England, Elizabeth specialises in writing about politics, health and technology.