The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was forced to cancel a special appearance and performance at Whitney Houstonâ€™s â€œhome goingâ€ service on Saturday (February 18), but only a few hours later she was back on stage to perform the second of her sold out concerts at Radio City Music Hall.
The 69 year-old claimed leg spasm were the reason to miss Whitneyâ€™s last goodbye, but it seems like she might have been unwelcome at the funeral because of some remarks that might have upset Whitneyâ€™s mother, Cissy Houston, during an interview for The Today Show on Friday.
In the interview that is no longer available online (coincidence?), Aretha basically blamed Whitneyâ€™s upbringing for her long struggle with drugs. The Queen also clarified she was not Whitneyâ€™s godmother, but only a â€œhonorary aunt.â€
â€œParents have to really talk to their children before they leave home,â€ Franklin told Al Roker. â€œThey have to make sure when they leave home, they have all the right things. She left home with all the right things, but she just kind of lost her way along the way.â€
The truth is Aretha did not forget to remember Whitney during her concert. And Aretha even had enough strength to entertain 40 very special friends at the Ritz Carlton Hotel after the show. The singerâ€™s rep declared, â€œShe had to keep off her leg and keep it elevated Saturday.â€
I really donâ€™t want to be insensible or a hypocrite, but it seems like Whitneyâ€™s funeral was an event Queen Aretha should not have missed even if she had to attend it in a wheelchair.
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