Chrisette Michele’s decision to perform at President Trump’s inauguration event has affected her in more ways than one. The singer tells The Breakfast Club how the stress from her January showing led to her experiencing a miscarriage.

“I’ve been through a lot in the past few months,” Michele says. “I’ve had PCOS for a long time; endometriosis for a long time. And stress causes flare-ups. And so I’ve has flare-ups over the last nine months from all the stress from everything that’s happened since January.”


Chrisette was one of few recording artists to accept an invitation to sing at the forty-fifth presidential inauguration celebration. Many advised the singer to forgo the opportunity but Chrisette believed that she had a message of hope and healing to share with the nation.

Unfortunately, her aims at uniting a country divided backfired and led to her losing deals and ultimately being dropped from her label. “I complete an entire album and my label decides to walk away from me. Capitol Records,” she shared online a few days ago. “I go into the studio and literally poured out my heart and soul and the label decides to walk away from me? It’s one thing to be a strong black woman, it’s another thing to be a strong black woman who has to fight against the worst odds. I went from someone being revered and loved to facing putting out an album in the worst climate of my musical career.”

Chrisette was also very vocal about her miscarriage via Instagram. “Something came out of me. It was my child,” she shared. “The one my love and I worked so hard on. I never knew I could allow myself to be so broken that my physical body would break down. A miscarriage? Me? This experience of a broken nation showed itself in my own physical body.”

Many could not understand why Michele deemed it necessary to share her struggles with fans and critics. The singer tells The Breakfast Club that she felt the world needed to get a sense of what she’s been going through.

“I just wanted people to know because I feel like people wanted to know if I was affected,” she reveals. “I think people wanted to know what I was experiencing because there were so many words that people had, and I felt like maybe they don’t know that I hear them. So instead of coming out with a song right away, or an album right away, I wanted to say, ‘You know what? It’s been tough. This is the stuff that I’ve been going through, and the next art that you hear from me is going to be about that.'”



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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