Aretha Franklin, 69, has just issued a statement refuting what she calls “the B.S.” about her absence from Whitney Houston’s funeral.
As previously reported, she was planning to sing for her late goddaughter, but unexpectedly canceled her appearance. She said in a statement on Saturday that she had “every intention” of being at the service, but, “I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles until 4:00 a.m. this morning following my concert last night, which I’ve been having for the last few days. I feel it necessary and very important to stay off my leg today as much as possible until concert time this evening. My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. May God keep them all. Aretha & the Franklin Family.”
Franklin did perform at Radio City on Saturday night, with AP reporting that the Queen of Soul “danced and shimmied, kicked off her heels and paced the stage barefoot, and even smirked and gave herself a couple of satisfied pats on the rear.”
Suddenly, rumors started flying that Franklin was un-invited to the funeral because she ticked off Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mom, with remarks she made on the “Today” show last week. Franklin told Al Roker, “Parents really have to talk to their children before they leave home. They 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.”
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