PALM BEACH — The once smooth crooner Paul Anka has some pretty tough words for the Palm Beach charity who hired him to play their annual gala at Mar-a-Lago, but changed the venue and the date, after Donald Trump‘s unbelievable reaction to the violence in Charlottesville.
That’s right, the 76-year-old musician who wrote Frank Sinatra‘s hit My Way, has told the organizers of the LIFE (Leaders In Furthering Education) Lady in Red Gala that he was contracted to play on Dec. 2 at Trump’s club and if they change the date, that’s their problem.
He’s not playing on the new date and they’re not getting their $75,000 deposit back.
Remember Anka is a friend of Trump’s and had planned to sing his classic song at Trump’s inauguration, but pulled out a day later citing family problems.
Anka said the charity’s decision to move the ball to Jan. 5 at The Breakers — when Anka and his 11-year-old son and nine grandchildren had planned a European trip — is their own and they have to take responsibility for it.
He wasn’t even willing to let the charity used the deposit to secure a performance for next year. His agent allegedly said: “This is not negotiable. You will not get a penny back.”
Now that’s not very charitable!
But wait, Anka himself told Page Six‘s Richard Johnson: “I run a small business. I’ve got overhead. I’ve got people on salary. They’re guilt tripping me, asking me to take a hit, but we didn’t cause the problem. They need to eat it. It’s their problem.”
Looks like the singer of Put Your Head On My Shoulder and Puppy Love is feeling a little sharp as he gets older!
Lois Pope, the widow of National Enquirer founder Generoso Pope, runs the charity and said it took a long time to secure Anka’s performance and those resources could’ve been better used elsewhere.
“We went out of our way to accommodate him,” she told Page Six. “So I’m sad and disheartened that he is not making the time or the same kind of effort to accommodate us in anyway.”