Singer-songwriter Linda Ronstadt recently had an interview with CNN Reporter Anderson Cooper, as a part of his news talk show Anderson Cooper 360. The performer discussed meeting the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a recent dinner at the US state department, where an exchanged occurred between Pompeo, and Ronstadt, a vocal critic of US President Donald Trump.
Pompeo reportedly referenced Ronstadt’s 1975 hit “When Will I Be Loved,” and stated “Ms. Ronstadt, thank you and congratulations. And I will say my job, as I travel the world, I just want to know when I will be loved?”
Ronstadt reportedly replied: “I’d like to say to Mr. Pompeo, who wonders when he’ll be loved, it’s when he stops enabling Donald Trump.”
The performer stated that she was inspired to speak in solidarity with Sally Fields, who reportedly made statements stating that the truth and the free press were under attack. “I didn’t plan to say anything. They told me I didn’t have to speak. But then, Mike Pompeo during his speech, was talking about me […] To which I said take my maiden name outta your mouth.”
She explained that half of the room applauded while the other half were silent on the issue.
The performer is an acclaimed musician, garnering 10 Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, and an ALMA Award for her work. She has also been extremely commercial successful garnering gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications throughout the years.
Ronstadt was the subject of a documentary film this year titled Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, which was directed by Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film was produced by CNN Films, and documents her genre defying career, which spanned over 40 years. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice will make its television debut on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 9pm ET and PT.