Aretha Franklin is clearing up remarks she made about Whitney Houston's upbringing by Cissy Houston which were misinterpreted by the media, according to the singing legend.
Franklin issued a statement on February 22 about an interview she gave about Whitney Houston on "The Today Show" last week. At the time, Al Rocker asked Franklin about Houston's life in the spotlight.
"I think parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home ... (that they) leave home prepared, really," Franklin said, according to the Associated Press. "She left home with all the right things."
Franklin did not attend Houston's memorial service on February 18, which left some to speculate that she was uninvited to the event after her "Today Show" interview aired. However, Franklin also denied that rumor as well.
"Cissy Houston and I have been longtime friends for almost 50 years. I have four invitations and parking passes that were sent to me for the funeral," the legendary singer said in her statement , obtained by OnTheRedCarpet. "Cissy does not need ridiculous speculation and neither do I?particularly at this time."
"Also, with respect to 'The Today Show,' my entire statement was pretaped. However, 'The Today Show' did not air the part of my statement, which said, 'This is no reflection on Cissy or Nippy's upbringing,'" Franklin added. "Knowing Cissy as well as I do, I know Whitney left home right and properly. I was generalizing and it was a well intended statement for any young adult coming into the music industry. I was not speaking of anyone specifically."
Franklin initially said she missed Houston's funeral after suffering "leg spasms and locked leg muscles" the previous night.
The 69-year-old singer performed at a concert on February 18 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the last stop on her "greatest hits" tour. During her show, Franklin sang part of "I Will Always Love You," and called Houston by her nickname "Nippy."
Houston was pronounced dead at age 48 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California on February 11, a day before the 2012 Grammy Awards.
A memorial service was held for the singer on February 18 and included guests like Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder. Speakers included Kevin Costner, Tyler Perry, music mogul Clive Davis, who helped launch her career, gospel stars Kim Burrell and Donnie McClurkin, musical director Rickey Minor and Cece Winans, a gospel singer who is also the godmother of Houston's daughter. Gospel singer and pastor Marvin Winans gave the eulogy.
Costner gave an emotional speech that touched on their shared childhood experience growing up in Baptist churches, casting her in her iconic first role and her unwarranted insecurities.
The guest list also included Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce and husband Jay-Z, Elton John, David Bowie, Bill Cosby and Chaka Khan, who was the original singer of "I'm Every Woman," another song Houston sang in "The Bodyguard," a source close to the matter told the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Houston's body was laid to rest on February 19 at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey, where Houston was buried next to her father, John Russell Houston Jr., who died in 2003.