Oh man! Aretha Franklin is NOT messing around!
The music legend is apparently none too pleased with speculation from various media outlets as to why she did not attend her goddaughter Whitney Houston's funeral, at which she was expected to sing last Saturday - some blaming her absence on an alleged rift between she and Cissy Houston - and she has responded with one FIERCE statement debunking all of it!
"Extra TV, the New York Post and Newsday (New York) should stop the BS. Cissy Houston and I have been longtime friends for almost 50 years. I have four invitations and parking passes that were sent to me for the funeral. Extra TV, the New York Post and Newsday (New York) are more interested in sensationalism and negative speculations than the truth. People are getting their information from the wrong source. The intelligent and the thoughtful thing to do would be to respect and have some sensitivity to the moment. If you don't know how, at least try. Cissy does not need ridiculous speculation and neither do I—particularly at this time. Also, with respect to the Today Show, my entire statement was pretaped. However, the Today Show did not air the part of my statement, which said, 'This is no reflection on Cissy or Nippy's upbringing.' Knowing Cissy as well as I do, I know Whitney left home right and properly. I was generalizing and it was a well intended statement for any young adult coming into the music industry. I was not speaking of anyone specifically."
Well, we're happy that she took the time to clear all of this up!
Obviously, she and her loved ones are going through hell right now, and we sincerely wish them all the peace, quiet, time and privacy to come to terms with their heartwrenching loss.
You're all in our thoughts.
May Whitney R.I.P.
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