Legendary music star and actor Meat Loaf, real name Marvin Lee Aday, became part of reality television history during his unforgettable and scene stealing stint on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2011. The artist, now 72, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about his relationship with President Donald Trump and how he is going vegan for Veganuary with Frankie and Benny’s.
Meat Loaf told us that Trump took a shining to him and they formed a friendship during his time on the show.
He explained: “I got on really well with him, we became good friends, I went out for dinner with him a couple of times and nobody else in the cast did. All the people that would come on for the sponsors - almost every time - he would say, ‘Meat can you stay afterwards?’ and I would take pictures with the sponsors, at least six times.”
However, he said that their friendship turned sour when a journalist asked Meat Loaf what he thought about the then business mogul running for President of the USA.
“Listen, he got so mad at me, furious!
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Meat Loaf said Donald Trump confronted him following a press interview (Image: GETTY • REUTERS )
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“A journalist asked me when we were doing press for the show - ‘Do you think Donald Trump would make a good President?’
“And I answered honestly – ‘Well he’s not running for President. But if I was President I would see if I couldn’t get him to join the staff in a finance position and give me advice on finances and the economy as the man is really smart at that.’”
His comment led to a confrontation with Trump, but Meat Load said he wasn’t afraid to stand up to him.
“And he got really mad at me! Very mad at me. We went to an Emmy Nominations ceremony and he knocked on my door at my dressing room.
Meat Loaf with Donald Trump and fellow The Celebrity Apprentice costars (Image: GETTY)
Meat Loaf with Donald Trump Jr in 2011 (Image: GETTY)
“He came in and said, ‘What, you don’t think I would make a good President?’ he was