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Dionne Warwick says Donald Trump was nice to her during The Apprentice

por Milton Fernando (2020-03-25)

Dionne Warwick used to like Donald Trump. 

The legendary singer - best known for the song That's What Friends Are For - admitted that he was always 'nice' to her when she performed at his hotels and starred on his show The Apprentice, she told The Guardian over the weekend.

But now the 79-year-old crooner does not recognize him now that he is the President of the United States. 

Their connection: Dionne Warwick used to like Donald Trump. The legendary singer - best known for the song That's What Friends Are For - admitted that he was always 'nice' to her when she performed at his hotels and starred on his show The Apprentice, she told The Guardian over the weekend.

She began: 'The Donald Trump that I knew was very nice. He really was. He was a gentleman. 





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'He never was out of the way with me. I didn't know what he did with anybody else but I know how he treated me. I did concerts in his hotel, and he was always very nice to me.'

But she says she really doesn't recognize him any more as President.

'I don't know that man. That's not the man that I knew. Period,' said the star, who was recently on the hit show The Mask.

Her time on the show: She began: 'The Donald Trump that I knew was very nice. He really was. He was a gentleman.' On The Apprentice with other cast mates

On stage: With (l-r) Marlee Matlin, Warwick, Star Jones, Ne Ne Leaks, Hope Dworaczyk, La Toya Jackson on The Apprentice

She would say more but her rule to not talk politics prevents her.

'Politics, religion and sex are three things that should totally be avoided in conversation,' she stated.

In 2011, she appeared on Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump, but she admitted she soon regretted signing up, which was why she fired herself.

She said: 'It got to the point where I felt this was not what I was supposed to be doing with my 50-year career.' 

She also talked about why she did informercials for the Psychic Friends Network in the 90s. 

The That's What Friends Are For hitmaker co-hosted a talk show-style informecial with TV psychic Linda Georgian in the 90s which encouraged viewers to call a 1-900 premium rate telephone number to consult a psychic at the rate of $3.99 per minute.

Dionne admits she was not a devotee of tarot reading or clairvoyance, but she accepted the job because she needed money to financially support her family during a period when she was not making music.

She did it for the money: Warwick did informercials for the Psychic Friends Network just so she could 'put food on the table' for her family. Seen in January

Dionne - who has sons Damon, 47, and David, 51, with late ex-husband William Elliott - said: 'That's exactly what it was. It was during a period of time when I was not recording. 

'You know, it kept the lights on in my house and food on my table. It was an earning power. I earned money that I normally would have earned if I was on the road. It's very simple.'

And when quizzed on whether she is a believer herself, she replied: 'No more than anybody else is. You ask anybody in the world, 'What's your sign?' and they'll say it.'

New fame: She was recently on The Mask; seen with Nick Cannon on the left

Dionne, 79, said that the show was a huge success - making $128 million per annum at one point - until 'everybody put a boo-hoo on that', and suggested she was one of the first to be involved in this type of program, which later had a resurgence in popularity.

The six-time Grammy Award winner said: 'It sure was [a success].

'Then everybody put a boo-boo on that. They said: What are you doing, ratting on about that? But now that's all you see on TV or hear people talk about. I'm known to be the first to do things.'

Early days of fame: When she was just starting out her career in the 1950s

After fame hit: In the 1980s she was at the top of her game with several hit songs under her belt

Warwick will 'gracefully bow out' of performing if her voice or appearance changes 'in any way'. The 79-year-old music legend - who has been in showbusiness for almost six decades and has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide - has admitted she will only retire if her vocals and looks fade. 

When asked about retiring, Dionne insisted that 'as long as I'm giving people the pleasure that they seem to have when they come to my concerts, and I'm doing it to the best of my ability. 'But when I feel that I have altered in any way, vocally, appearance wise, or any of the other things that go along with it, that's when I should gracefully bow out.'

And when the time comes for the singer to hang up her microphone, the music legend hopes to retire to Brazil. She told The Guardian: 'It's my paradise. 'I say when I'm through with showbusiness, that's where I want to live. ' She laughed: 'Well, you know, nothing lasts for ever.' Meanwhile, Dionne slammed the Whitney Houston hologram tour as 'a waste of time'. 

The singer has made it known that she doesn't support the shows which are meant to honour the legacy of her late cousin, and she has once again voiced her dislike for the production. She told the broadsheet: 'I think it's a waste of time. And Whitney's legacy, her music, xxx speaks for itself.' She added: 'Well, you know, the show, it's what makes the world go round.' 

The hitmaker previously called the tour featuring a digital replica of the 'I Will Always Love You' hitmaker a 'stupid' idea.

Dionne said: 'I haven't a clue as to what that is. It's surprising to me. I don't know what it is. I think it's stupid, but whatever it is that's what it is.' Whitney was first introduced as a hologram in May 2016 for a duet with Christina Aguilera on 'The Voice'. 

However, her family made further plans after deciding the hologram wasn't up to standard. Her sister-in-law Pat Simpson said at the time: 'We were looking to deliver a ground breaking duet performance for the fans of both artists. Holograms are new technology that take time to perfect, and we believe with artists of this iconic caliber, it must be perfect. Whitney's legacy and her devoted fans deserve perfection.' 

'After closely viewing the performance, we decided the hologram was not ready to air. We have much respect and appreciation for Christina, and she was absolutely flawless.' Following further development, 'An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour' kicked off in January.

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