Aretha Franklin blasts Dionne Warwick for telling people she was Whitney Houston's godmother: 'She blatantly lied'


靈魂樂教母Aretha Franklin與惠媽的堂姐Dionne Warwick,因2012年惠媽過世時的一些蜚短流長,產生嫌隙,日前Aretha Franklin接受訪問時,更氣憤的說出Dionne Warwick就是個騙子,說謊不打草稿.....

The Queen of Soul is coming out swinging against fellow legend Dionne Warwick, accusing her of making up a story that she was Whitney Houston's godmother, even though the alleged offense happened five years ago at Houston's funeral.
"She blatantly lied on me ... fully well knowing what she was doing," Aretha Franklin said in a phone interview.

Franklin called The Associated Press on Tuesday, after sending a lengthy fax the day before, to address what she claimed was a "libelous" statement against her made five years ago at Houston's funeral. At the time, Warwick told funeral-goers that Franklin was there and introduced her, but then realized she wasn't in attendance.

"'Ree's not here, but she is here," Warwick said, referring to Franklin by a nickname. "She loves Whitney as if she were born to her. She is her godmother."

At the time, Franklin said she was suffering from swollen feet and had to skip the funeral so she could perform later that night at Radio City Music Hall in New York, which she said she was contractually obligated to do.

Though Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston's mother, said in the days afterward that Franklin wasn't Houston's godmother (it was Darlene Love), Franklin felt the comment was damaging to her and planned to address it at a later date.

"There's been so much going on around her (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," she said.

Five years later, Franklin feels that time is now.

While the story that Houston was Franklin's goddaughter has been part of her story for decades, Franklin said she first met Houston when Houston was a child — and she was far too busy to be anyone's godmother.

Franklin saw Warwick last week at the Tribeca Film Festival's premiere of mentor Clive Davis' documentary, "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives," and she also performed. Franklin said Warwick tried to talk to her backstage.

"She said, 'Give me a hug.' I said, 'Oh hell no. You couldn't be serious,'" Franklin said.

When asked if she wanted an apology from Warwick, she said: "I don't care about her apology, at this point it isn't about an apology, it's about libel."

She added: "We've never been friends and I don't think that Dionne has ever liked me."

Franklin once covered Warwick's hit "Walk on By."

When asked for comment, Warwick's representative Angelo Ellerbee said: "She will not dignify a response to the statement made by Aretha Franklin."

Aretha Franklin在訪談中提到,她在惠妮很小的時候就認識惠妮也很欣賞她,之後也有多次的音樂上合作(惠媽曾多次在艾瑞沙阿嬤的專輯中擔任合音,兩人也曾經合唱過發行單曲《It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be》),但她從來就不是惠妮的教母,也沒說過會出席惠妮的喪禮並在典禮上獻唱致意。

《It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be》

Source:NY Daily News

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其實早在2015年,惠妮母親Cissy Houston接受電台訪問時就曾公開澄清說明Aretha Franklin艾瑞莎並非惠妮的教母....

目前阿姐級的隔空開戰,還在進行中.....會不會有另一造的公開說明,目前都還不清楚! 來聽個艾瑞莎翻唱狄昂的招牌金曲《Walk On By》,來壓壓驚先....

《Walk On By》
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