Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who was said to be close to an agreement to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration, has backed out of the performance, according to a report by The New York Post’s Page Six.
Bocelli reportedly backed out because of the backlash that arose once word got out that he was on track to perform.
“We reported first the famed tenor was being approached to sing for the political event,” The Post reports. “Some fans then floated a ‘Boycott Bocelli’ movement on social media in reaction.”
The report quotes a source saying that by Monday “Bocelli said there was no way he’d take the gig … he was ‘getting too much heat’ and he said no.”
Another unnamed source quoted in the report had a different take, telling the publication: “Trump suggested to Bocelli he not participate because of the backlash. It’s sad people on the left kept him from performing on a historic day.”
As we reported earlier this month, Trump was said to be actively wooing Bocelli, with whom he has a long-standing relationship. Rumors soon began circulating that Bocelli would perform a duet with Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old “America’s Got Talent” alumna who has reportedly been booked to sing the National Anthem at the inauguration.