The past is called the past for a reason…Unless you’re the Queen of Soul and prefer for the past to be called the present. Then it’s just plain ole beef.
Music legendary Aretha Franklin is furious with fellow legend, Dionne Warwick, after reports circulated of Warwick fabricating a story of Aretha being Whitney Houston’s godmother, an alleged offense that happened over five years ago at the late singer’s funeral.
During a phone interview with the Associated Press on Tuesday the R-E-S-P-E-C-T singer told the news agency “she blatantly lied on me ... fully well knowing what she was doing,” referring to Warwick’s remarks as a “libelous” statement made against her at Houston’s memorial service.
At the time, Warwick told funeral-goers that Franklin was there and introduced her, but then realized she wasn't in attendance.
"Ree's not here, but she is here. She loves Whitney as if she were born to her. She is her godmother."
Though Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston's mother, said in the days afterward that Franklin wasn't Houston's godmother (her true godmother was Darlene Love), Franklin felt the comment was damaging to her and planned to address it at a later date.
Adding clarity to why she was a no show to the funeral, Franklin told the AP it was because she was suffering from having swollen feet and had to skip out so she could perform later that night at Radio City Music Hall in New York, which she said she was contractually obligated to do.
So now for the million dollar question: Why did Auntie “Ree” wait 5 years to address this feud? According to the Lady of Soul herself, it was because she didn’t want to bring any additional negative press to Whitney Houston.
"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."
When speaking on her latest encounter with Warwick, Franklin said she saw the singer last week at the Tribeca Film Festival's premiere of mentor Clive Davis' documentary, "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives," where she also performed and when Ms. Dionne tried to talk to her things went left.
"She (Warwick) said, 'Give me a hug.' I said, 'Oh hell no. You couldn't be serious.”
When the thought of an apology was brought up Aretha stated, "I don't care about her apology, at this point it isn't about an apology, it's about libel… We've never been friends and I don't think that Dionne has ever liked me."
Warwick's representative, Angelo Ellerbee, was asked for comment in which he responded, “She will not dignify a response to the statement made by Aretha Franklin."
So much for bygones being bygones eh? Hopefully the two can work things out…