The media is in overdrive today about Aretha Franklin missing her god daughter’s funeral yet performing that same night despite leg spasms.
The 69 year old Queen of Soul was supposed to be at Whitney Houston’s funeral but Franklin said in a statement she had “every intention” of being at the service, but, “I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles until 4:00 a.m. this morning following my concert last night, which I’ve been having for the last few days. I feel it necessary and very important to stay off my leg today as much as possible until concert time this evening. My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. May God keep them all. Aretha & the Franklin Family.”
Franklin did perform at Radio City on Saturday night, even “dancing and pacing the stage barefoot.
Since then, some reports suggest that the REAL reason why she didn’t show up was because Franklin was un-invited to the funeral because she pissed off Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mom, with remarks she made on the Today show last week.
Franklin told Al Roker, “Parents really have to 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.”
On Tuesday, another paper reported that Franklin sent flowers to Cissy apologizing for missing the service and the paper quotes a source as saying that the Queen of Soul has still not recovered from the spasms. Franklin, the source says, had to be sure to perform at Radio City because it was a make-up show for one missed in 2010 due to health problems.
SCOOP: USA TODAY