Aretha Franklin is not happy with speculation about the reason she was unable to attend the funeral of her god daughter. Several news outlets and gossip sites have speculated that Franklin’s interview with Al Roker where she said that “parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home” caused a rift between Franklin and Whitney’s mother Cissy, her longtime friend. Franklin released the following statement this morning.
“Extra TV, the New York Post and Newsday (New York) should stop the BS. 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. Extra TV, the New York Post and Newsday (New York) are more interested in sensationalism and negative speculations than the truth.
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.”
I still think she could have managed the drive and it still seems odd to me. Are y’all buying this?