The Queen of soul Aretha Franklin, Â couldnâ€™t attend Houstonâ€™s funeral ceremony yesterday because of ongoing health issues or so we were told… I smell a lie!!!
Franklin, 69, canceled her scheduled appearance at Houstonâ€™s funeral service, citing leg spasms, but sources and reviews note that the soul diva was fine Saturday night when she performed the second of two soldout concerts at Radio City Music Hall.
Sources say Franklin paid tribute to Houston during her concert â€” was even feeling well enough to entertain 40 of her friends at the Ritz Carlton hotel on Central Park South after Saturdayâ€™s show. Hummmmm!!!!
An eyewitness says Franklin, sporting a curly blond hairstyle, arrived on the arm of her on-again, off-again fiance William Wilkerson.â€œIt looked like everyone was having a great time.â€
Word on the street is Franklin pissed Whitney’s mom and family off after hearing comments she made during an interview she taped with Al Roker which is said to be really why she was absence from Houstonâ€™s funeral.
The video clip is no longer available on the â€œTodayâ€ website, but Franklin addressed Houstonâ€™s drug problem with what sounded like veiled criticism of the tragic singerâ€™s upbringing.
â€œParents have to really talk to their children before they leave home,â€ Franklin told 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€
Franklin also denied she was Houstonâ€™s godmother, as the media has reported, but rather an â€œhonorary aunt.â€
Just so yall know Aretha love talking sh*t, then backtracking…
Insider noted Franklin had a good relationship with Whitney, â€œshe should have gone to the funeral, even on a gurney,â€ or, at the very least, taped a tribute.
A spokesman for Cissy did not respond, but Franklinâ€™s spokeswoman, Tracey Jordan, insisted that after Franklinâ€™s Friday concert, â€œher leg had muscle lock and spasmsâ€ and the â€œRespectâ€ singer â€œwas up until 4 a.m. the next morning with pain.â€
Jordan adds that Franklin walked out of Radio City â€œbarefootâ€ Friday night because the swelling in one of her legs prevented her from wearing shoes. â€œShe had to keep off her leg and keep it elevated Saturday.â€
Watch Franklinâ€™s â€œI Will Always Love Youâ€ and â€œThe Greatest Love of Allâ€ below.