"It was going to be my first performance on national television," the singer told Billboard
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J Balvin has pulled out of next month’s Miss USA contest in the wake of presidential hopeful Donald Trump‘s comments about Mexicans and Latinos.

“It was going to be my first performance on national television,” he told Billboard.

“But we’re talking about our roots, our culture, our values,” he continued. “This isn’t about being punitive, but about showing leadership through social responsibility. His comments weren’t just about Mexicans but about all Latins in general.”

Just minutes into announcing his bid on June 16, Trump, 68, addressed his thoughts on immigration, saying that the United States has become “a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.”

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he said. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

He added: “It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably – probably – from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.”

Balvin was thrown by Trump’s careless words. “Mexicans, they’re known as hard workers. Here in the U.S., not everybody wants to do those kinds of jobs. I’ve lived. I know what it feels like and what they go through and how families suffer. A comment like that is powerful.”