In a new report out, it's possible Aretha Franklin missed the Whitney Houston funeral for reasons other than "illness" on Saturday. The Queen of Soul was scheduled to perform at the services in Newark, New Jersey but canceled and appeared at a concert at Radio City Music Hall instead that same day. It was a move not looked upon lightly since she was noticeably absent from the funeral. Was it a lie that she had leg spasms or simply because she angered Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston, for comments she made during a Today interview Friday morning?
"Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home," Franklin said. "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."
This was viewed as criticism for Whitney's upbringing. Aretha also corrects press reports that she was not a "godmother" to Whitney, but an "honorary aunt."
Did Franklin feel she was doing the right thing by sparing Cissy Houston the aggravation of attending her daughter's funeral? Cissy hasn't responded to the soul singer's comments, but many feel she didn't support what Franklin said in her interview. There's a lot more than meets the eye at times when controversial statements are made. In the case of Whitney Houston's death, there's no shortage of controversy.
A lot of drama ensued at Whitney's funeral Saturday. Bobby Brown left early and Bobbi Kristina was nowhere to be found a few hours later only to be discovered "getting high," The Daily Beast reports.