“Patti And I Are Cool And We Always Have Been:” Aretha Franklin Responds To Patti Labelle Fight Rumors

April 15, 2014  |  

You may have seen a fishy headline yesterday that claimed Patti LaBelle had been arrested for putting her paws on Aretha Franklin. As the sensational story on newsnerd told it, Patti and Aretha ran into each other at a concert in Atlanta and attempted to resolve some lingering issues stemming from the way Aretha allegedly shaded Miss Patti at the White House Women of Soul Concert. Rumor had it that Aretha turned up her nose at Patti, who “quickly removed her wig and earrings as she approached Franklin. Aretha, knowing that the removal of earrings is a tell-tale sign that a fight is about to ensue, attempted to prepare herself for the confrontation. Franklin was quickly struck with a Mayweather style right and left and stumbled backwards, landing awkwardly. Bystanders subdued Labelle and escorted her outside of the venue. Franklin suffered only minor injuries.”

Sounds laughable right? That’s because it is! Despite alleging that Patti was “quickly apprehended by the Atlanta Police Department and charged with assault and battery,” Aretha says she has no time for this nonsense rumor. Releasing a statement through her publicist, she said:

“I’ve never heard anything crazier—regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta.  On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL. Laughing at my typo error).  I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time.  Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House.  Classic Patti.”

Thanks Auntie Re Re, though I think we all knew there was no way Patti was throwing “Mayweather style” right and left hooks out in these streets. Sigh. Did you give a second thought to this story of Patti and Aretha fighting when you first heard it?

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