Aretha Franklin reignites old feud, rips Dionne Warwick
Aretha Franklin knows a thing or two about R-E-S-P-E-C-T — and she doesn’t care how long she has to wait to get it.
The legendary diva on Tuesday reignited a five-year feud with fellow singing star Dionne Warwick over comments Warwick made at the 2012 funeral of Whitney Houston.
The Queen of Soul blasted Warwick for spinning a “libelous” story about Franklin’s absence from the New Jersey funeral service and about Aretha being Houston’s godmother.
“She blatantly lied on me . . . fully well knowing what she was doing,” Franklin said Tuesday.
The 75-year-old “Respect” singer spoke out one day after sending a long, detailed fax to the media airing her years-old grievance with the 76-year-old “Walk On By” chanteuse.
During the funeral service, Warwick called out the absent Franklin by “introducing” her to the star-studded gathering.
“Ree’s not here, but she is here,” Warwick said, referring to Franklin by a nickname. “She loves Whitney as if she were born to her. She is her godmother.”