This past weekend, the world watched Rihanna perform during the halftime show at the NBA All-Star Game with friends Drake and Kanye West but what many didn’t know was that she was scheduled to perform at a Cancer fundraiser for real estate mogul Donald Trump. She allegedly canceled just hours before the event and gave the excuse that she was suffering from bronchitis.
She bailed on a pretty big paycheck as well! According to reports, she was offered $500,000 to perform for an hour before she canceled, however, Jennifer Hudson saved the day and agreed to perform last minute in her place.
Donald Trump spoke with the Palm Beach Post about the whole fiasco, saying:
“I thought that (Rihanna bailing) was insulting to everyone, but for Rihanna to go to the All-Star game and perform after she told us she was sick, that is just a lack of respect[…]Nothing was missed. Jennifer’s a beautiful girl. She came on her day off even though she performs almost every night. She is an unbelievable talent, and her voice is better.”
It must be nice to be able to walk away from half a million dollars to party with friends during All Star. That’s baller status!
(Rihanna was spotted at the Two Kings Dinner the night she was to perform).
This isn’t the first time that Donald Trump has attempted to beef with Rihanna. After the domestic violence incident between Rihanna and Chris Brown, there were reports that the couple may have reconciled. Trump at the time told Inside Edition:
“She better get the hell out. If she goes back, she’s a loser and she doesn’t deserve to have any future success.”