Aretha Franklin is coming back with a vengeance… five years later! According to Aretha, she didn’t make it to Whitney Houston’s funeral because her feet were… swollen?
She was originally set to perform during the funeral but cancelled. Dionne Warwick made it known at the funeral that Aretha was not in attendance and even said, “‘[She’s] not here, but she is here. She loves Whitney as if she were born to her. She is her godmother.” Now we’re not sure if this was well-intended or subtle shade. Aretha did perform at Radio City Music Hall later that night.
Aretha sent a fax to the Associated Press after the two ran into each other at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this week where Dionne Warwick tried to give her a hug… to which Aretha said “Oh hell no!”
Aretha FAXED a rant to the Associated Press and said she was not Whitney Houston’s Godmother and Dionne “blatantly lied on [her] … fully well knowing what she was doing.” As for why it took her so long to address this, Aretha said “There’s been so much going on around her (Houston), around the service, around the drugs, around her and Bobby (Brown) supposed to be fighting, I didn’t want to add anything to that and I didn’t want to be a part of that.”
However, sit down Dionne if you want to apologize! Because Aretha is having none of it.
“I don’t care about her apology, at this point it isn’t about an apology, it’s about libel.”
Well, don’t worry because Dionne Warwick’s rep said: “She will not dignify a response to the statement made by Aretha Franklin.”
Nothing like some good old-fashioned fax-thrown shade.