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Donnie Trumpet asks to be called 'Nico' to avoid Donald Trump association

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Donnie Trumpet is no more. Fresh off his successful collaborations with Chance the Rapper on Coloring Book, Donnie Trumpet is retiring his stage name.

Nico Segal shared a note on Twitter and Instagram and asked people to “call me Nico.” “Something heavy was looming over me — Donald Trump — and the connection people are drawing between his name and mine,” the trumpeter wrote following Trump’s presidential win.

He explained that the stage name “began as a joke, a silly play on words,” but now he cannot see the humor in it. Segal wrote he wants to disassociate himself from the President-elect. “I don’t want to be connected to Trump’s hateful tone or his hurtful message. I don’t want to be misrepresented or misunderstood.” 

Segal concluded his message with pride. “I am proud to be part of a multicultural family, from the great City of Chicago. I am grateful for the diversity of friends and family who have taught me…I couldn’t stand to ever hurt them, or you.”

Read Nico’s heartfelt message in full below.

Farewell, “Donnie Trumpet” We just came off the release of Coloring Book and The Magnificent Coloring World Tour, both huge successes. But all during the tour, something heavy was looming over me — Donald Trump — and the connection people are drawing between his name and mine. What began as a joke, a silly play on words, is not funny anymore. I don't want to be connected to Trump’s hateful tone or his hurtful message. I don’t want to be misrepresented or misunderstood. Trump’s beliefs are not mine. From this point on, call me Nico. I am proud to be part of a multicultural family, from the great City of Chicago. I am grateful for the diversity of friends and family who have taught me and believed in me and encouraged me. I couldn’t stand to ever hurt them, or you. Thank you for understanding. Peace, please, and so much love, Nico 🎺

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