Cissy Houston And Franklin

February 24, 2012 by staff 

Cissy Houston And Franklin, 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 Iparticularly 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.”

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