Aretha Franklin Speaks: I Was Not Banned From Whitney’s Funeral….Plus, Cissy And I Are As Tight Ever!

Aretha Franklin has finally broken her silence about claims she was banned from goddaughter Whitney Houston‘s funeral by the singer’s mother, Cissy Houston.

While Aretha’s rep said the singer was a no-show because of leg spasms, reports claimed Cissy was unhappy with comments Aretha made during a Today show interview last week, during which she said, “I think parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home … (that they) leave home prepared, really. She left home with all the right things.”

But Aretha has slammed those reports, issuing a statement that reads: “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. Cissy does not need ridiculous speculation and neither do I — particularly at this time.”

“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,” she said.

Aretha also paid tribute to Whitney at a concert Saturday night at New York City’s Radio Music Hall.

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5 thoughts on “Aretha Franklin Speaks: I Was Not Banned From Whitney’s Funeral….Plus, Cissy And I Are As Tight Ever!

  1. I have lost all R- E-S-P-E-C-T for Aretha Franklin. She calls off ‘sick’ for her godchild’s funeral and a few hours later is dancing away in her show..and doesn’t mention Whitney til the 2nd part? if I was Whitney’s mother..she would not still be MY FRIEND.

  2. People need to mind their own business,this is not the time for all this nonsense. Things do happen,just like Whitney,one minute you see somebody,then the next minute they’re gone!!!!! I love my people,stop hating & learn how to love your family!!!!! We all need each other. Aretha is a legend like Cissy & Whitney Houston. Sing on “Sista’s!” Once y’all are gone,nobody can replace the legency!

    • sing it sista , rip whitney ,we will love you for ever hope you meet my mom up in heaven,see loves to cook.and is great at it god i miss her,love sheila

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