English singer-songwriter Elton John has denied that he will perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president in Washington, John’s spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Anthony Scaramucci, an economic adviser to Trump’s campaign, said John would be performing in a BBC radio interview during which Scaramucci also said the Republican president-elect had a pro-gay rights stance.
“Elton John is going to be doing our concert on the Mall for the inauguration,” Scaramucci added in the interview for “HARDtalk,” broadcast on Wednesday.
However, the singer’s publicist, Fran Curtis, responded saying, “Elton will not be performing at Trump’s inaugural.”
John, a prominent gay rights activist, performed at fundraisers for Democrat Hillary Clinton during the U.S. presidential election campaign.
He also objected when Trump played his ‘Rocket Man’ and ‘Tiny Dancer’ songs without permission during rallies and campaign appearances earlier this year, saying that any use of his music “should not be seen as an endorsement of Donald Trump.”
A spokesman for the Trump inauguration committee did not respond to a request for comment on Scaramucci’s claim.