"I actually offered myself as Dr. [Everett] Scott, because I was already in a wheelchair,” said the actor, who is recovering from a stroke.
"I kind of felt like in 2016, to be cis and playing the role of a trans character, it felt inappropriate to me," the singer says. The role went to OITNB actress Laverne Cox.
The pop singer says he will not be swayed by 20,000 signatures on a petition to stop him from taking the stage in Singapore on New Year's Eve.
Nearly 20,000 people have signed a petition in protest of the gay singer's 'lewd acts' and 'LGBT rights' activism.