Music icon Aretha Franklin is blasting Dionne Warwick over some remarks she made the funeral of Whitney Houston — even though the whole thing took place five years ago.
According to Associated Press, the Queen of Soul is still steamed that Warwick told attendees at the funeral that she was Houston’s godmother (she isn’t). “Ree’s not here, but she is here,” Warwick said, using her nickname for Franklin. “She loves Whitney as if she were born to her. She is her godmother.”
Franklin says she wasn’t able to attend the funeral because she was laid up with swollen feet, and had to rest in order to fulfill a contractual obligation to perform at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall that evening.
While Houston’s mother, soul singer Cissy Houston, later clarified that Franklin was not her daughter’s godmother, Franklin felt the comment was damaging, and has decided now is the time to address it, sending a “lengthy fax” to AP in order to explain.
“There’s been so much going on around [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,” said Franklin, who is still miffed by Warwick’s remarks.
Revealing that she subsequently ran into the “Say A Little Prayer” singer at a music industry event, she reveals that Warwick “said, ‘Give me a hug.’ I said, ‘Oh hell no. You couldn’t be serious.'”
Franklin feels the damage she’s suffered can’t be remedied by a mere apology. “I don’t care about her apology,” she said, “at this point it isn’t about an apology, it’s about libel.”
Added Franklin: “We’ve never been friends and I don’t think that Dionne has ever liked me.”
Reached for comment, a rep for Warwick said: “She will not dignify a response to the statement made by Aretha Franklin.”