Paul Anka Announces He’s Unable To Perform At Trump’s Inauguration
Although Paul Anka and the president-elect are “old friends,” the singer is unable to perform Donald Trump’s favorite song at his inaugural ball.
Anka was expected to sing “My Way” at the Big Gala Ball on inauguration day, but was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict with his family.
“I’ve been in a custody battle for two years for my son Ethan. And we have a new schedule now and I’m unable to do it,” Anka told TMZ in a video posted Friday. “But there was a dialogue about me going in and doing it.”
Anka admitted that his political views don’t match up with president-elect’s, but out of respect for the office of the presidency he planned on “doing it, in terms of what’s good for our country.”
“If I’d done it I would have hoped there would have been some understanding for my motivation for it,” Anka told TMZ.
The plan was for Anka to perform “My Way” as the opening song of the gala and the first dance for President Trump and first lady Melania.