Aretha Franklin Denies Rift with Whitney Houston’s Mother

Aretha Franklin (left) and Cissy Houston

Greg Allen/Rex USA; AP

updated 02/23/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET

originally published 02/23/2012 AT 8:40 AM ET

The Queen has spoken.

Aretha Franklin angrily denies reports that she was barred from attending Whitney Houston’s funeral because of comments she made about parenting last Friday on NBC’s Today show.

The Queen of Soul, 69, did not attend Saturday’s funeral, citing leg spasms. But some reports said Houston’s mother Cissy told her not to attend, after Franklin said on Today that “parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home.”

In a statement Wednesday, Franklin said she was speaking generally, not about the Houstons, and that NBC cut a line where she said, “This is no reflection on Cissy or Nippy’s upbringing.” She then slammed media reports of a rift between her and Cissy.


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