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Here’s The Real Reason Aretha Franklin Was a “No-Show” at Whitney’s Funeral

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February 20, 2012 by The ReadyWriter


According to media reports, Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston was not pleased with the comments Aretha Franklin made about Whitney Houston on the Today Show the day before her funeral…

The Queen of Soul’s spokeswoman strenuously denied that Franklin missed Whitney Houston’s funeral on Saturday afternoon because she angered the late singer’s mother, Cissy Houston. But insisted instead, that the “Queen of soul” was absent at Whitney’s funeral due to leg spasms.

Yet sources and all reviews note that, the “Queen of soul” was just fine on Saturday night when she performed the second of two sold out concerts at Radio City Music Hall.

An insider also tells us that Franklin, who paid tribute to Houston during her concert was even feeling well enough to entertain 40 of her friends at the Ritz Carlton hotel on Central Park South after Saturday’s show.

The eyewitness says Franklin, sporting a curly blond hairstyle, arrived on the arm of her on-again, off-again fiance William Wilkerson. The group dined on steak and shrimp, and our source says, “It looked like everyone was having a great time.”

Franklin’s rapid recovery gives credence to the buzz that her absence from Houston’s funeral had to do with comments she made during an interview she taped with Al Roker. And although the interview is no longer available online Aretha made the following statements…

“Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home,” Franklin told Roker. “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.”

Franklin also denied she was Houston’s godmother, as the media has reported, but rather an “honorary aunt.”

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82 thoughts on “Here’s The Real Reason Aretha Franklin Was a “No-Show” at Whitney’s Funeral

  1. Al-Scream says:

    i knew it was bcause she ran her mouth! cissy don’t play.

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  2. Zenna says:

    I figured the story behind her funeral no show had something to do with an interview she gave before the funeral.

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  3. Olivijah says:

    **grabs popcorn** O_o!!

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  4. Olivijah says:

    If you can’t say nothing nice say nothing at all.

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  5. Adriane says:

    “Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home,”

    “They have to make sure when they leave home, they have all the right things.”

    I’m wondering what’s the issue? She only spoke the truth

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    • Mahogany says:

      @Adriane,
      I’ve been saying that since yesterday. And think Aretha didn’t want to face Cissy after putting her foot in her mouth. I don’t see a problem with most of her comments but the slap in the face was her saying, she was NOT Whitney’s godmother comment which is why Dionne felt the need to make a point of mentioning that at the funeral.

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    • QueenC says:

      “She left home with all the right things, but she just kind of lost her way along the way.”

      Which means she wasn’t throwing shade at cissy or Whitney.
      All Aretha was saying was Whitney did come from a good solid home, but when she got into the shady ass industry she kinda lost her way which is true.

      Whitney herself said the same thing so what’s the problem?

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    • Daisy says:

      Cissy tried intervening more than once, but Whitney told her that she wouldn’t talk to her mother with other people around (those with Cissy that came to rescue Whitney). Whitney shares a big part of the blame for why we will never see or hear her sing live and in living color again.

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  6. Annonymous says:

    She isn’t saying anything that we didn’t already know…On a side note: Why did Ray J the enabler get such close seats while Bobby and his kids couldn’t be accommodated? I love Whitney and all but the fact still remains she was an admitted drug user. Bobby didn’t put a gun to her head and make her take drugs. Not to mention it was reported that Ray J said “She’s dead and we all have to live with that”

    I don’t know. Say what you want about Bobby, but he’s getting his shit together.

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  7. Lexy says:

    THE QUEEN TOLD THE TRUTH…THEY’RE DOING IN DEATH WHAT THEY DID WHEN SHE WAS ALIVE……COVERING UP THE TRUTH…..IT’ TIME TO GET REAL…SO THAT HER DAUGHTER CAN BE SAVED…..!!!!

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  8. Sane says:

    That ole fat chitterling titty having pig in a blanket built wide ass bitch!! I hope cissy chin check her turkey neck ass

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  9. Cameo1 says:

    I KNEW IT! I thought that shit was foul too!

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  10. Acquitta says:

    One of Aretha’s sons was accused of setting her house on fire and allegedly had (has?) a drug habit, so she can’t really take swipes at Cissy’s child rearing skills, can she? I don’t blame her for speaking her peace but she’s had issues, too. Aretha is at an age where people rarely apologize for what they do or say/ She did and said what she felt and kept it moving. Just like Clive, the show must go on.

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    • Athena says:

      Aquitta dear, please read what Aretha said again, she was not swiping at Cissy’s child rearing skills. Whitney did have a drug problem. “she left home with the right things, but lost her way! That’s what she said.

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  11. Daisy says:

    You konw we never really know what went on but being that shes known them for so long it my be some truth in it.parents are so quick to send their children off .sure 17 and 18 may be a age where the child should go but can that child really handle it. everbody raises their kids differently. if your child runs into someones child that was raised wrong you will have a problem ,if you dont teach your child how to handle certain situations.

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  12. Flo says:

    Does it really matter now that Whitney is deceased who her Godmother is or was? Whitney’s death has ruled that role null and void. Here’s the real issue., Who is Bobbi Kristina’s Godmother?

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    • Yvonne says:

      Here’s the real issue., Who is Bobbi Kristina’s Godmother?
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      exactly cause that girl is going to need a lot of guidance esp. if she has no education.

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    • Yasha says:

      Who is Bobbi Kristina’s Godmother?
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      CeCe Winans is Bobbi’s godmother…so she’s in good hands if the family allows her to be…

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    • Ashanti says:

      Bobbi Kris is not a minor she’s making her own way at this point but that family still needs to try to help her now.

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  13. Yvonne says:

    I knew something was fishy wit this Aretha situation. I love Aretha but she shouldve kept her mouth shut and just been there for Cissy and Bobbi Kris.

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  14. Nicole says:

    Did ya’ll see the letter cissy wrote to whitney??? saying the holy spirit told her whitney wouldn’t be here long?? And how her doorbell kept ringing right b4 she got the call that whitney had died.

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  15. Wanda says:

    Areatha told the truth!

    To sum it up…….Whitney sold her soul to the devil the minute she signed on The dotted line. And the devil came to collect his dues the night she died. Whitney became no longer value or purpose to the industry no more simply because she was NOT promoting the garbage othere artist are.

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  16. Annonymous says:

    They all have skeltons in their closets. Aretha is a victim of incest and her son is also her brother.

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    • CorporateBitch says:

      Given all of the skeletons (not even in the closet) regarding, Aretha’s father CL Franklin, and her “children”, she definitely shouldn’t be “soapboxing” right now, or ever.

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  17. Keisha says:

    Something wasn’t right with Whit Whit..how are you gone talk about the Lord day and night..and do rock?? Love you Whit but WTH?? Something was not right there.. that was common sense, that “crack was wack”.. and she was a mommy.. no business setting THAT example for Bobbi Kris.. but we can still love people even with their faults..that is the message.

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    • Guest says:

      Im not a doctor, but Ive been raised in the church since birth. And I do know Whats in you Will come out, whether its the Word of God or to the extreme, the foulest rap songs thats played over and over. Whitney’s foundation was the Lord and she never departed from that. But her struggle was giving her will to God. She talked about Jesus, but never completely surrendered all to Him.

      Drugs have a way of controlling your mind…no one else matters but that drug. Her fam didnt matter, her daughter didnt matter, Whitney’s respect or love for herself did not matter. Its very sad, but I am confident that Whitney knew the Lord and thats what gives me comfort in knowing that her struggle is over now.

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      • Rezzie says:

        Whitney’s foundation was the Lord and she never departed from that. But her struggle was giving her will to God. She talked about Jesus, but never completely surrendered all to Him.
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        I cosign, she constantly talked about the Lord but didn’t TRUST HIM to completely deliver her.

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  18. Ashanti says:

    Whitney was in over her head..and she has paid the price so let her RIP…

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  19. Omar says:

    Aretha spit the truth…SO what’s the problem here people????

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  20. Tamala says:

    I watched the interview and IMO there was nothing inappropriate said by Aretha. In fact, I was impressed how Aretha gracefully declined to give any comments on Bobby when Al Roker asked her what she thought.

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  21. BBallen says:

    RIP Whitney
    Aretha will have to live with herself and with what she said.

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  22. soldier1 says:

    Aretha spoke her mind and they got mad. Did they help Whitney, probally tried ….but if Whitney paying your bills not too much you can say or do. I feel sorry for Cissy, because that old age…spare the rod and spoil the child has come back to bite her. I only hope she or CeCe or Bobby Brown grab Bobby Kris in time. I would hate to see another funeral next year for that girl. I am not crazy about CeCe or BeBe Winans..talking about how generous Whitney was to them at the funeral….and even riding in the family limo. Do I think Aretha was disinvited…nope because they all acted like she was supposed to be there, calling for her. But then again, that was Dionne Warwick sneaky tail…she showed her true self to. Bobbi Kristina needs to be as far away from these folks as possible. They messy.

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  23. Natasha says:

    First of all, was the funeral about Whitney or the Winans? The preacher thought it was all about him and not Whitney. I think he did an awful job at eulogizing Whitney.

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    • Ashanti says:

      @Natasha,
      I cosign you on the Winan preacher and his prosperity gospel. His sermon was out of line and should have been kept for his congregation. He only mentioned Whitney when he was bragging about how long he knew her. He called his awful family up to perform again. He offered no words of comfort to the family and didn’t offer any encouragement for nonbelievers to get to know Christ.

      Me and my friends also noticed how disrespectful he was to others. When others stood for speakers like Tyler Perry (who I don’t care for but he put it down) he did not even acknowledge him. When TP spoke, he played with his role and looked like he was on defense that TP successfully treaded into his territory.

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    • Olivijah says:

      They just hatin on T.P. that’s all.

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  24. Mrs. Hawthorne says:

    I really hate to write this, because I really feel for Cissy Houston’s loss. But instead of fooling with those folks who only wanted to keep her daughter going because they were leeches, she should have called Natalie Cole’s mama. Remember when Natalie’s mom had her declared incompetent and committed her to long-term inpatient rehab. After Natalie was clean and sober and proved herself worthy, her mom returned her affairs back to her care. That’s why Natalie is alive today even after dealing with medical issues caused by drug use. Sorry, but I think Cissy could have done more for Whitney given the resources available for those with deep pockets. After all, Whitney wasn’t the crackhead on the corner.

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    • Man says:

      YES @Mrs,
      how did all these people allow the cash cow 2 self destruct!!?! her ppl didn’t give a damn about her for real YO. :((( sad but true

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    • Xmen says:

      I really hate to write this, because I really feel for Cissy Houston’s loss. But instead of fooling with those folks who only wanted to keep her daughter going because they were leeches, she should have called Natalie Cole’s mama. Remember when Natalie’s mom had her declared incompetent and committed her to long-term inpatient rehab. After Natalie was clean and sober and proved herself worthy, her mom returned her affairs back to her care. That’s why Natalie is alive today even after dealing with medical issues caused by drug use. Sorry, but I think Cissy could have done more for Whitney given the resources available for those with deep pockets. After all, Whitney wasn’t the crackhead on the corner.
      _________________________
      wishing Miss Cissy peace.. now take care of Bobbi Kris Houstons and DO NOT allow her to go down the same road.. this time USE the court order, don’t just threaten with it then go back to doing nothing..even Joe tried to put Michael in rehab..and Katherine put a stop to it..when will we learn..drugs WILL KILL YOU..seek help NOW!!!! DRUG ABUSE WILL KILL YOU!!!!!! WHITNEY’S HEART CLEAN GAVE OUT!!!!! The plastic surgeon wouldn’t approve her for a facelift just a few DAYS prior to her death…this was preventable people!!! Don’t worry about whether your loved one likes you or not, or gives you hell, DO WHAT YOU CAN TO SAVE THEIR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DEATH IS FINAL!!! WHITNEY’S DEAD AND WE HAVE TO LIVE WITH THAT

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      • Yasha says:

        wishing Miss Cissy peace.. now take care of Bobbi Kris Houstons and DO NOT allow her to go down the same road.. this time USE the court order, don’t just threaten with it then go back to doing nothing..
        ~~~~~~~
        CeeCee is going to take Bobbi Kris because she’s her godmother. A godmother’s role is to take care of the child in case one of her parents don’t live.

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  25. Annonymous says:

    THIS IS WHITNEY:::: PLEASE LET ME REST IN FUCKING PEACE!!!!

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  26. Shawnia says:

    Aretha Franklin is retarded, I’ve always thought she was a functioning retard who could sing. She ain’t got NO ROOM to talk about kids–hers aren’t the greatest….

    Gladys Knight will always be the Queen of Soul to me…her voice sounds wonderous next to Aretha’s…especially today!

    Long Live Gladys Knight–the REAL Queen of Soul!

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  27. Bobby says:

    Hey Fam: My heart goes out to Bobbi Kristina and the Houston family. I am sure they have enough going on and the extra BS isn’t needed.

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  28. Lisa says:

    Aside from this Aretha Franklin B.S….I liked how the family put her away in a traditional Black Baptist fashion.

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    • RandomChick says:

      Lisa

      Me too. THAT was a real funeral. Those white folks on TMZ just don’t know. A “homegoing” is a funeral, those fools!

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    • Acquitta says:

      I thought Bebe Winans’ story was funny. I like when funerals have people who can tell funny stories about the person when they were here. Focuses more on REALLY celebrating the love, life and laughter of that person than that they are gone.

      I read some of those TMZ folks. White folks can be so fukking close-minded. Concentrating on the flashing marquee outside of the church with “Whitney Houston’s Homegoing.” That marquee wasn’t just put there today! A LOT of Black churches have flashing marquees that announce the day’s events!

      Get a life!!

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    • CorporateBitch says:

      Gloooorrrryyy. They were having chu’uch.

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    • CoCo says:

      Now THAT was a tribute to the life of Whitney Houston.

      We lost a beautiful person but heaven has reclaimed a beautiful spirit. We will miss you so much Whitney ❤

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    • Joanne says:

      Kevin Costner looked so good! Didn’t he y’all??

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    • Felicia says:

      Hey people. 🙂

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  29. UncleEd says:

    At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter why Aretha didn’t show up. The funeral still went on, Whitney Houston is not coming back and a mother has lost her youngest and only daughter. 😦 There are no winners in the end.

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    • Felicia says:

      At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter why Aretha didn’t show up. The funeral still went on, Whitney Houston is not coming back and a mother has lost her youngest and only daughter. There are no winners in the end.
      ********
      cosign

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  30. Felicia says:

    either way it’s sad..all of it 😦

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  31. 2Thick4U says:

    Morning Fam…Aretha is messy and very much into herself apparently.

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    • Al-Scream says:

      Morning 2Thick..wassup boo?

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    • Adriane says:

      Good morning.

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    • SpiceGirl says:

      Good morning peoples.

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    • CDawg says:

      Sup Ceo Fam:
      Master P has a few questions for those who have been coming out of nowhere with the love and admiration for Whitney Houston, and he makes some very valid points. Check out his editorial below:

      We come from nothing. Nobody is perfect. But once you become a star, they never truly recognize you until you are dead. Whitney Houston had an amazing funeral. What a supporting cast of stars, politicians, community leaders, and business execs that attended and shared their love. But where were they when she was alive?

      If Whitney was alive and had a birthday on February 18, 2012 instead of a funeral, how many celebrities would have showed up?

      Do you think Kevin Costner would have made time and said half of the nice things he said while Whitney was alive?

      With all of the money Whitney made for Arista Records, if she asked for some financial assistance to help put Bobby Kristina through college, do you think they would have helped her?

      With everything Whitney had been through and overcome, if she wanted to do a program to help girls, what TV stations would have aired it as quickly as they aired her funeral?

      Now they call Whitney a Legend, the Greatest, the Voice. How many told her that while she was alive?

      If Whitney were alive, how many of us would be waiting to see and support the upcoming movie, Sparkle?

      If Whitney were alive, would the Grammy’s have paid the same attention to her?

      Radio stations are playing Whitney’s music, her videos are in rotation, people are buying her albums, but who are the ones truly benefiting from it now?

      These are the questions Master P asked and they make good damn sense too.

      So maybe Aretha was a “no show” because Whitney didn’t reach out to her in life so why reach out to Whitney in death? JMO.

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    • Nicole says:

      Hey y’all: Some of Whitney Houston’s personal belongings are being auctioned off next month, along with other celebrity belongings. The clothes and jewelry were probably acquired when she had stuff in storage that she didn’t pay the storage facility bill on and was eventually sold.

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    • CorporateBitch says:

      Morning Ceo Fam:

      @CDawg, I cosign Master P’s commentary, he’s on point.

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    • Ionna says:

      Good morning 2Thick, Corp, Al, Nicole, CDawg & everyone else.

      Good morning.

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    • BrownGirl says:

      Moaning y’all

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    • Civil says:

      WTF? Is this the official interview wig? Did Aretha borrow that wig from that skank ass Stacy Francis? Sitting there looking like muppet grandma. Next time someone wears this wig, they should make sure the bangs hang down to the lips, so they could STFU!

      Whaddup Fam.

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    • Zenna says:

      Hey everyone, I’m tiried of the whitney stories now. they showed on the news how fans have flocked to her grave site. her mother should have put her in a masuleum. it’s crazy.

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    • Felicia says:

      I’m tiried of the whitney stories now
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      i’m not cause i’m dying to know what killed her?????

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    • Natasha says:

      I’m tiried of the whitney stories now
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      i’m not cause i’m dying to know what killed her?????
      ~~~~~~~~

      I think the world is waiting to hear as well.

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    • Keisha says:

      good moaning people

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    • QTip says:

      Saying Wassup to erbody

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  32. Bird says:

    Whitney didn’t mean as much to those people as they pretended she did at her funeral, because she had a drug habit and reputation that they wanted to distance themselves from and she was no longer considered the hottest, latest and greatest “thing”.

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  33. RandomChick says:

    There was drama surrounding Whitney’s funeral anyway, some people are not satisfied unless they are creating drama. Look at Bobby Brown and the shit he started that’s why her family don’t like his ass.

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    • CorporateBitch says:

      Look at Bobby Brown and the shit he started that’s why her family don’t like his ass.
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      I don’t think the Houstons blame Bobby, they just don’t like his bum ass.

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    • BrownGirl says:

      I think Aretha did not want to co-sign on the madness and stayed out of that mess. I think the comment that caused trouble was Aretha encouraging Bobby to be in his daughters life. I think that did it for the HOustons because they depended on Whitneys income. Whitney died on their watch, not Bobbys but yet they blame

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  34. Aceman says:

    I dont know where to start, Aritha likes Attention and if the spot light is not on her she wants nothing to do with it. If you were Whitney’s God mother or Aunt what ever she called you how can you sucker punch the family. That’s fuck up!!!!

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    • Ionna says:

      I dont know where to start, Aritha likes Attention and if the spot light is not on her she wants nothing to do with it.
      ********
      I agree and this bitch is way too old to want so much attention. SMH

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  35. Ionna says:

    Aretha said: “Whitney lost her way” –>It has nothing to do with her losing her way she chose that path that she was on and when she wanted to stop she was to far gone to even break that strong hold on her life. But the real deal is she is gone and in this LIFE we will never see her again.

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  36. BrownGirl says:

    Aretha didn’t show and whitney is gone…time to move on.

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    • QTip says:

      Aretha didn’t show and whitney is gone…time to move on.
      ———–
      I think it will be easier to move once the public KNOWS how she died.

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  37. Keisha says:

    Aretha is full of shit! “leg spasms” my ass!

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