The Weeknd and rapper Belly pulled out of their performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live because Donald Trump is set to appear on the same episode.
The duo were meant to perform their collaboration “Might Not” together, but because of their political stance, opted out.
“I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world — from religion to race,” Belly said in a statement. “I just didn’t want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that majority of us don’t agree with.”
Belly, who co-wrote Beyonce’s “6 Inch” which Abel is featured on, added that he is “here on a campaign of positivity and love and to contribute what I can to music.” I create songs people go to sleep and wake up to, songs that they fall in love to. For me, being Muslim and being somebody that appreciates my access here in America, I love the fact that I’m able to be here. To play my part in this business is a privilege and a beautiful thing. The fact that I could lose that ability through the actions of someone such as Donald Trump isn’t right to me. At all.”
A Trump spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on The Weeknd and Belly.
The announcement coincides with the news of Belly’s upcoming mixtape titled Another Day In Paradise dropping on Friday. He signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation management last week.