Singer Terri Nunn apologizes for Mar-a-Lago gig, slams lack of COVID protocols
Berlin lead singer Terri Nunn is speaking out after being criticized for her solo performance at a New Year’s Eve concert at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
The 59-year-old musician, known for songs like “Take My Breath Away” and “No More Words,” is apologizing for performing at the party and says she was surprised at the lack of social distancing and masks during the event.
“I am truly sorry I performed at Mar-a-Lago and would not have done so if I’d known what I learned while I was there,” Nunn wrote in a social media statement posted under Berlin’s Facebook account. “My goal in performing was not to support a political party. I see now that that’s not the way it appeared and I am apologetic for that as well.”
Nunn revealed that she was taken by surprise by the absence of masks and social distancing at the party, at which Taylor Dayne, Vanilla Ice and the touring edition of the Beach Boys also performed.
“The contract stated it was a small Covid-safe event for the members of Mar-a-Lago,” she continued. “Unfortunately it was not Covid-safe anywhere in Florida. I had no idea masks and social distancing were not required. I thought I was current on all Covid news everywhere, but clearly I was not. I was shocked by Florida and Mar-a-Lago’s lack of regard for the pandemic, and if I’d known I would never have gone. Once I fulfilled my contractual obligation, I left the event as quickly as I could. It is a mistake I regret. I took a Covid 19 test yesterday and tested negative.”
Nunn closed her statement by acknowledging that many in the Berlin fan base took her appearance as a betrayal of their values, especially some in the gay community who have become fans as a result of her frequent appearances at Pride festivals.
“My apologies to those in the LGBTQ community who thought my performance was a statement against them,” she wrote. “I have been and always will be fully supportive.”
Taylor Dayne has also responded to the backlash, tweeting, “I’m saddened by all this. I have a 30 yr careers s that many diverse friendships .and I try to stay non political and non judgmental and not preach . I sing from my heart purely and from Source. I wish for all to be who they need to be .. and find their way.” That tweet has since been deleted.