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Aretha Franklin Calls Off From Whitney's Funeral, Still Performs Later That Night?

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Aretha Cancels On Whitney's Funeral

Aretha Franklin unfortunately couldn't make it to Whitney Houston's funeral.

She said the reason was that she was having leg spasms, and needed to rest before performing later that night!

A lot of people might think this is just a way out of having to go, but we're going to say that it was a legit excuse.

Here's what she said:

"[My] heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. May God keep them all."

She did in fact go on later to perform at Radio City Music Hall.

Aretha also ended up dedicating her show to Whitney, so we know she feels for the loss.

We miss you Whitney!

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21 comments to “Aretha Franklin Calls Off From Whitney's Funeral, Still Performs Later That Night?”

  1. 1

    Thank you teee.emmm.z.eee and o.h..no..th.e.yd.id..n'..t for all of Hilton's stories today.

  2. 2

    She has health issues Perez. The report I read said she was up all night with severe leg cramps and had to rest the entire day to be able to perform that night. She had an obligation to perform. It's called a contract. If she was younger and healthier maybe she could have been up all night sick, gone to the funeral and sat for four hours, then ran back to New York in time for her concert. Aretha has nothing to prove. Quit being a shit stirrer.

  3. 3

    I'm with you Lemonbird,
    Not only does she have health issues, she may have needed the money.

  4. 4

    Terrible choice. Aretha was Whitney's goddmother and she should have chosed the funeral over a gig. Given she's an icon herself, she could've easily negotiated to re-schedule her performance at Radio City. She'll have countless other jobs performing, but there'll never be another funeral for her goddaughter. My r-e-s-p-e-c-t for her just went to a new low.

  5. 5

    Re: treespryt – Aretha's net worth is estimated at $60M.

  6. 6

    She thinks waaaay to much of herself! Uppity!

  7. 7

    Re: Meggie246524 – I don't know where I read it but apparently Aretha Franklin is not her godmother! I just googled it and sure enough she's not. A woman by the name Darlene Love is her godmother. Aretha said that she doesn't know where or how that rumor started but she's not her godmother.

  8. 8

    Bad taste. I think she looks like some cranky, whiny old woman. Yeah, she's a Diva, but for GOD's sake, WHITNEY HOUSTON DIED! Aretha, you could have gone to the funeral, and just not have sang. You could have canceled the performance(s) because, at least in my opinion, fans should be understanding. Just change the date, take a hit. Last time I checked, a person doesn't have more than 1 funeral. Families remember this. I know, I know. It's hollywood, but in general, bad blood can be from people who do this kind of stuff.

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  10. 10

    Probably had a contract she couldn't break, unless she'll be faced with legal problems ($$$$). Even than, fans should be understanding. She'll take a hit, but it'll be worth it (i guess).

  11. kbah says – reply to this


    The fact that she didn't show up for her GOD DAUGHTER'S funeral because of leg spasms is just straight up bullshit from a DIVA who thinks she walks on water. She couldn't go to her GOD DAUGHTER'S funeral so she could keep herself strong for her performance at RCMH? I'm straight up calling bullshit. I mean seriously. My father died very unexpectedly about three years ago, and there was a 90 minute wait to stand in line just to pay respects to the family because he was such a highly respected man, president of his company (which he worked his way up from a shop boy at 18), and loved friend and family member…. and people who barely knew him stood in that line and waited that long to pay their condolences, so the fact that this woman, who was close enough to Cissy Houston to have been made Whitney's God-Mother, couldn't tighten up her panties and show up at the funeral is just straight up DIVA bullshit. My god what a C-U-Next-Tuesday.
    I'd be pissed if I were Cissy Houston.

  12. kbah says – reply to this


    Re: blondly7 – I agree 100%. Regardless of the relationship, which I read in another post that Aretha isn't Whitney's God Mother, but regardless… it was heatless and cold for her to not show up. I wonder if the family has any comments about Aretha not showing up for the funeral as they had plenty to say about Clive Davis keeping his pre-grammy party on schedule after Whitney died. Celebrities just have no clue. It's kind of like Bobby Brown continuing with his concert the night Whitney died instead of getting on a plane RIGHT AWAY to be with his daughter who just lost her mother. I realize they were estranged, but seriously…. at least make the effort to be there. My daughter hasn't seen her father in six years (she's almost 16) but if he died, I wouldn't be anywhere other than right by her side doing whatever she needed me to do to help her through it. Some people are just crazy.

  13. 13

    Good for Aretha. Stay away from the crackheads. I'm sure she tried to help Whitney over the years. Enough is enough.

  14. 14

    first off, if she wasn't such a cow with all that weight on her legs she wouldn't have those kind of problems. more importantly, money is more important than your family ? money grubbing heifer. when her time comes they'll need to bury her in a piano case.

  15. 15

    There will always be gigs for Aretha but there was only one last chance to say goodbye to Whitney. I find it in poor taste no to attend.

  16. 16

    yeah everyone trash her for not bailing on her concert at radio city music hall to perform at the funeral. it would have been a logistical nightmare if she'd had to pull out and reschedule. i mean, she -isn't- whitney's godmother and she's allowed to make her own decisions.

  17. 17

    Re: maggiegirl – I've never heard what you said about Darlene Love, but I hope it's true! Darlene Love is a way-cool R&B singer from WAY back. If u want to hear a funny song she did for SNL a few years ago, then google "Darlene Love Christmastime for the Jews SNL", or type that same thing into Youtube. As for Aretha Franklin…..she is a self-serving A-hole and always has been!

  18. 18

    i believe it was CNN that interviewed Darlene Love and she said Whitney is her god-daughter. They interviewed her for like 10 minutes and she was crying. Yes, it is THE Darlene Love, who was inducted in Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame last yr and played Danny Glover's wife in the Lethal Weapon movie series.

  19. 19

    Aretha Franklin was not Whitney's godmother. The family just started calling her that. Cece Winan was. Everyone knows Aretha's has had health issue's for years. I don't think she should have even been asked to perform knowing she's in poor health. She had to do the show she had already signed a contract to do.

  20. 20

    Deborah Norville reported today on "Inside Edition" that the reason Aretha didn't attend the funeral was because she was UNinvited by Cissy Houston! Apparently, Cissy was pissed at what Aretha stated in her "Today Show" interview the other day. She implied that if Whitney's parents had done their job before she left home to work in the big bad world that maybe she would've had a fighting chance (I'm paraphrasing). They played an excerpt from the Today Show interview. Funny how now that Aretha and Cissy are on the outs, the identity of Whitney's REAL godmother (Darlene Love) is revealed. I guess it sounded more star-studded to say that Aretha was her godmother. What a slap in the face to Darlene.

  21. 21

    #19 - I just got through watching Entertainment Tonight. Darlene Love was being interviewed. She was identified at Whitney's godmother. Not sure where you got that CeCe Winans was her godmother. CeCe is younger than Whitney. They're like sisters. A godmother is usually the age of the mother, not the person you're godmother to.