“I’m extremely proud that she’s able to participate,” he told Fox News in an interview following the announcement Thursday (Jan. 14). “I’m looking forward to watching it.”
Germanotta also expressed concern about Gaga’s safety at the event following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot where scores of Trump supporters stormed the building in violent efforts to overturn the election. “I hope everybody stays happy, safe and it’s a calm day,” the “Born This Way” singer’s father said, adding that he has “normal fears that a father would have any time my daughter performs.”
Germanotta previously showed his support for Trump on social media around Election Day in November. On the eve of the election, Gaga traveled to Pennsylvania to campaign for Biden and Harris and performed at his final drive-in rally.
On Inauguration Day, the Grammy-winning singer will join fellow A-listers Jennifer Lopez, Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons performing at the primetime Celebrating America special, hosted by Tom Hanks. The 90-minute special will air on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC at 8:30 p.m. ET, as well as on the committee’s social media feeds, Amazon Prime Video, Twitch and Fox’s NewsNOW.