AceShowbiz - Justin Trudeau has landed in hot water for his impromptu karaoke session in a London hotel before Queen Elizabeth's funeral. The Canadian politician has been called out after a video surfaced of him singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" hours before attending the state funeral of the Queen.
The video was taken at the Corinthia Hotel in London on Saturday night, September 17. In the clip, the Prime Minister of Canada was seen standing in front of a piano in the hotel lobby while belting out the lyrics of Queen's hit, "Easy come, easy go. Little high, little low" accompanied by Quebec musician Gregory Charles who played piano.
Trudeau and Charles were members of the Canadian delegation and were in London for the Queen's funeral. On Monday, the musician walked in the Queen's funeral procession.
After the video of Trudeau's sing-along went viral, he received backlash from royal family fans. Another clip showed him getting booed by the crowd who was waiting for him as he left Canada House. The 50-year-old remained unfazed though, as he smiled and waved to the crowd while heading to an awaiting car.
Social media users also blasted Trudeau on Twitter. "Trudeau is so twisted that he probably thought his base would appreciate him signing a Queen's song on the eve of the funeral of a most revered monarch. How pathetic he has become," one person wrote on the blue bird app. Another said, "How incredibly embarrassing for all Canadians."
Some others, however, came to his defense as one person noted, "I believe the singing was on Saturday. So what?" Someone else clapped back at the critics, "People have nothing better to do but pick apart peoples every move. It's pathetic."
The Prime Minister's office confirmed the video in a statement to Global News on Monday. "After dinner on Saturday, (the) Prime Minister joined a small gathering with members of the Canadian delegation, who have come together to pay tribute to the life and service of Her Majesty," a spokesperson for the P.M. said.
"Gregory Charles, a renowned musician from Quebec and Order of Canada recipient, played piano in the hotel lobby which resulted in some members of the delegation including the prime minister joining," the statement continued to read. The spokesperson added that, over the past 10 days, "the Prime Minister has taken part in various activities to pay his respects for the Queen."
Prior to the state funeral, Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau paid respects to the Queen at Westminster Hall on Saturday. They bowed their heads in front of the coffin, which was lying in state for eight days.
Alongside Anthony Albanese of Australia, Philip Davis of the Bahamas, Andrew Holness of Jamaica, and New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern, Trudeau, who had hailed the Queen one of his "favorite people in the world," also met with King Charles at a lunch reception at Buckingham Palace.