On Thursday afternoon, Radar Online exclusively reported that the "Diana" singer would be performing at arguably the most controversial political event of the year. But is Paul Anka actually performing at Donald Trump's inauguration? As of now, it appears not — but according to the musician himself, this is only due to scheduling conflicts. Radar Online had reported that Anka would perform a rewritten version of "My Way," with new lyrics specially penned for Trump. Radar Online cited an unnamed source and "Anka insider," who claimed the following:
Shortly after these rumors broke on Friday, Anka spoke with TMZ about the inauguration and what really happened. He confirmed that they were in talks for him to perform "at the big gala ball in the stadium" and that he was going to play during Trump and the new First Lady's first dance. He summarized the reasons he wanted to perform but couldn't. Anka told TMZ,
When the interviewer referenced how other celebrities were boycotting Trump's inauguration, Anka said:
Still, according to Anka, just because he was willing to perform during the inauguration and considers the incoming president-elect to be his friend, that doesn't mean you should assume he agrees with Trump on everything. When the interviewer asked if his political views were the same as Trump's, Anka laughed and said, "You have a better chance getting a sunrise past a rooster on that one." He then offered an emphatic: "No. No."
Regardless of where his personal views stand, the singer seems to view the inauguration as a patriotic act. So if it wasn't for scheduling conflicts, Anka's name would've likely been on the lineup.