Country singer Garth Brooks won’t perform at the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump, according to a report.
An insider close to Brooks told TheWrap that the singer won’t be performing. “The insider would not elaborate on why Brooks declined to perform,” TheWrap wrote, citing its source.
His publicist has declined to comment on the matter. Trump’s team also hasn’t issued a comment.
Earlier this month, Brooks told TMZ that he’d be open to performing. “It’s always about serving. It’s what you do,” Brooks said.
Last week, his publicist said he was in talks to perform. “Garth has performed for the five living presidents,” publicist Nancy Seltzer told Reuters last Friday. “While rumor has it that he has been asked to perform for President-elect Trump, he has not been able to commit yet.”
Brooks didn’t publicly endorse either Clinton or Trump.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Jackie Evancho would perform the U.S. national anthem at the ceremony.
“Honored to have @jackieevancho performing the National Anthem at the @TrumpInaugural Ceremony,” Trump aide Boris Epshteyn tweeted.
Evancho, 16, also confirmed the announcement on Wednesday. “I am so excited. It’s going to be awesome,” she told NBC’s “Today” show. “I felt really honored to be able to sing for the office. It’s a great honor for me.”