A Monday headline in the New York Post had claimed Schumer, the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, wanted “an apology” from the “Single Ladies” singer for reportedly lip-syncing the national anthem at last week’s presidential inauguration.
Schumer’s press office says of the Post story, “This is false. He never said he wanted an apology. [The New York Post] is already changing its headline.”
Although she appeared to be belting out the Star-Spangled Banner live at the inauguration, Beyoncé reportedly was singing along to a pre-recorded track of the song.
Our source says the lawmaker is a big fan of the entertainer: “As far as Schumer’s concerned, they are BFFs. His daughters have loaded Beyoncé songs on his iPod. He listens to them when he goes biking.”
The insider says of the star, who’s poised to headline the Super Bowl halftime show next week, “She performed for free, and it was a thrill to have her at the ceremony. Just look at his face during her performance! He’d have her back in a New York minute.”
—This story was updated at 12:05 p.m.