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Aretha Franklin SLAMS False Reports Regarding Her Absence From Whitney Houston's Funeral!

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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!

She explains:

"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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19 comments to “Aretha Franklin SLAMS False Reports Regarding Her Absence From Whitney Houston's Funeral!”



  1. 1

    But that still isn't a comment on why she wasn't there…. I mean, leg spasms? It's a funeral for a person that meant a lot to you..and the world. But whatever, Aretha. Whatever works by you!



  2. 2

    ARETHA IS A KNOWN NARCISSIST, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. SHE ONLY LIKES IT WHEN PEEPS PAT HER ON THE BACK AND NOT THAT OF OTHERS EQUALLY AS TALENTED OR BETTER. YOU RARELY HERE FAT ARETHA TALK ABOUT OTHER FEMALE SINGERS EXCEPT HERSELF. SHE LIED AND DIDNT WANT TO ATTEND CAUSE SHE FELT IT WAS A WASTE OF TIME - AND SHE WASNT PAID!! PEEPS WHO KNOW ARETHA'S HISTORY SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD KNOW SHE HAS PLENTY MENTAL AND CONFIDENCE ISSUES. NEXT…!!



  3. 3

    You helped spread the nonsense Perez. And she is right, it is ridiculous that sites such as yours spread shit without checking facts. Just pretty much spreading nonsense to get hits on your website. She owed no one an explanation either. Responding to this BS only opens the more for more nonsense to be posted, like the posts below slamming Aretha and these people don't have any facts. They just make things up based on their own opinion. I don't know how you can be in the business. You post all the time without facts. I don't know how you sleep at night. You are just as low as the rest of them, yet you pretend otherwise. Fantasy much? Yep.



  4. 4

    Why are you still saying that Aretha was Whitney's godmother when it's been clarified that her godmother was Darlene Love? And, I agree with #1. Aretha still didn't explain why she wasn't at the funeral, yet performed the night before and the evening of the funeral. Not buying the whole Today Show explanation of not referring to Cissy not raising Whitney with the tools needed before entering show business. Aretha said exactly what she meant to say. Subtle backpeddaling now since she's known Cissy for 50 years. Old bitches are catty.



  5. 5

    Aretha Franklin has some major health problems. She had the choice of attending the funeral or canceling a concert that many, many people were looking forward to and had rearranged their schedules to be able to attend. It would have been nice for her to be at Whitney's funeral, but I totally understand her decision and position. It would have been too much on her to do both.



  6. 6

    Attending funerals is a highly personal matter. No one should be talking about it to begin with. Not only is it no one's business, it is just plain tacky to criticize anyone's decision regarding funeral attendance.



  7. 7

    If you don't want people to edit the tape, or misunderstand your remarks sometimes it's best to keep your mouth shut.



  8. 8

    If Aretha missed the funeral she can always BUY a dvd of the whole thing. She might qualify for a discount since she knows the family.



  9. 9

    This woman has no class. She couldn't go to a funeral but gave a concert that very night? She is so full of shit. She should be ashamed of herself.



  10. 10

    whatever her excuse…if she was truly a friend of Whitney's mom for 50 years, then nothing short of her own death, should have kept her from being at the funeral, paying her respects and if asked to perform, she should have performed.

    Anything less was disrespectful to a 50 year friendship.



  11. 11

    Oh please. The fat cow said she couldn't make it because of leg spasms, but then amazingly can appear at a concert that night. Whatever. The world wasn't spinning around her, so what's the point of going. Bitch can't sing anymore anyway, so she wasn't really missed. The only thing she's queen of any longer is queen of the refridgerator.



  12. 12

    Re: Genghis Khan – It's good to know that you think her priorities are where they should be. $$$$ over a 50 year friendship and death….Rescheduling concerts is easy. Funerals….not so much.



  13. 13

    Re: xcalibur – xcalibur, you are right on target. Agreed!



  14. 14

    if she got 4 invitations and didnt show, CLEARLY that means that was front row seating available for at least half of bobby brown's entourage… those liars!!!

  15. @v@ says – reply to this


    15

    Best. Singer. Ever.



  16. 16

    Do some research Mario. The rest of the media world has already clarified that Aretha was NOT Whitney's Godmother. She was her close friend, and that is all. You are so lazy about doing your research before you post these nonsense stories.



  17. 17

    Re: xcalibur – some people should spell check there insults before posting.



  18. 18

    She did not answer the question. You have become so sappy on here that it's really boring. I read some of it but it's not interesting. You should take a hint from Joan Rivers and not change yourself for anyone.



  19. 19

    i say there is no EXCUSE in the world why she shouldn't of been there..Dionne even called her name to say a few words and she was told she wasn't there..so in what i seen on tv she was expected to be there and wasn't ..i say Aretha is a shit heel..end of story…