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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2016 file photo, actress and singer Jennifer Holliday poses for a photo during an interview in New York. Holliday, who will perform at Donald Trump's inaugural welcome concert next week, supported Hillary Clinton in the election and says her decision to participate is not a political statement.. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Broadway singer Jennifer Holliday has pulled out of performing at Trump inauguration


Facing criticism, acclaimed Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday has reversed her decision to perform at Trump's inauguration concert.

On Saturday, the "Dreamgirls" star shared an open letter with the Wrap, addressed to "My beloved LGBT community." In the letter, she apologized for her "lapse of judgement" and "for causing so much dismay and heartbreak to my fans."

By initially agreeing to perform at the concert set for Jan. 19,  Holliday explained she thought she would be keeping her tradition of being a "bi-partisan songbird," having sung for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Sr., Clinton, and Bush in the past.

"Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence."

Following Friday's announcement that Holliday would perform alongside stars like Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down, backlash swarmed the Tony award winner. 

Holliday rushed to defend her decision to perform. What ultimately caused her to reexamine, according to the letter, was an article written by the Daily Beast.

Kevin Fallon wrote, "In the case of Holliday, it is an act that seems to defy everything her most passionate supporters stand for, and even issues she herself has supported throughout her career."

Fans are relieved following the announcement that she would no longer perform.

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