Statements of who told a lie, to who made a “libelous,” the Aretha- Dionne feud, continues as Aretha have called out Dionne on a five year old accusation.
Legendary singer Aretha Franklin reportedly accused Dionne Warwick of making up a story about her being Whitney Houston’s godmother. During the interview, Franklin said, “She blatantly lied on me … fully well knowing what she was doing.”
In 2012, http://pagesix.com/2017/04/26/aretha-franklin-reignites-old-feud-rips-dionne-warwick/Franklin was unable to attend Houston’s funeral, at the time, Warwick mentioned to those in attendance that Franklin had been there. However, when Warwick realized that she wasn’t she reportedly said,”‘Ree’s not here, but she is here. She loves Whitney as if she were born to her. She is her godmother.”
Days following the funeral Cissy Houston mentioned that Franklin wasn’t Whitney’s godmother, and Franklin made plans to address it all at a later date, which spews over to now as we see the Aretha- Dionne feud resurfacing.
Five years later Franklin now says, “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.”
Franklin, who covered Warwick’s hit song ‘Walk On By’ in 1964, said that she saw Warwick at the Tribeca Film Festival this month: “She said, ‘Give me a hug.’ I said, ‘Oh hell no. You couldn’t be serious.'”
When the AP reporter asked whether she felt like Warwick owed her an apology, Franklin responded: “I don’t care about her apology, at this point it isn’t about an apology, it’s about libel… We’ve never been friends and I don’t think that Dionne has ever liked me,” a much revelation that Aretha- Dionne feud is much older than this generation.
Warwick’s representative Angelo Ellerbee was asked to comment on Franklin’s claims and said: “She [Warwick] will not dignify a response to the statement made by Aretha Franklin.”