Aretha Franklin has finally broken her silence about claims she was banned from goddaughter Whitney Houston‘s funeral by the singer’s mother, Cissy Houston.
While Aretha’s rep said the singer was a no-show because of leg spasms, reports claimed Cissy was unhappy with comments Aretha made during a Today show interview last week, during which she said, “I think parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home … (that they) leave home prepared, really. She left home with all the right things.”
But Aretha has slammed those reports, issuing a statement that reads: “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. 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,” she said.
Aretha also paid tribute to Whitney at a concert Saturday night at New York City’s Radio Music Hall.