Aretha Franklin and her team are fighting off allegations that she did not attend Houston’s funeral on Saturday afternoon because she angered the late singer’s mother, Cissy Houston, with comments she made during a “Today” show interview on Friday.According to the NY Daily News,
Franklin canceled her scheduled appearance at Houston’s New Jersey funeral service on Saturday, citing leg spasms, but sources note that the soul diva was in fine form on Saturday night when she performed the second of two sold-out concerts at Radio City Music Hall. Franklin, who paid tribute to Houston during her concert, was also feeling well enough to entertain 40 of her friends at the Ritz Carlton hotel on Central Park South after Saturday’s show.
Franklin’s rapid recovery gives credence to buzz that her absence from Houston’s funeral had to do with comments she made during an interview she taped with Al Roker. Franklin addressed Houston’s drug problem with what sounded like veiled criticism of the tragic singer’s upbringing:
“Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home. They 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.”
Franklin also denied she was Houston’s godmother, as the media has reported, but rather an “honorary aunt.”