Aretha Franklin Denies Fight With Patti LaBelle That Clearly Never Happened

Aretha Franklin performs during the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in President's Park on December 6, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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On April 11, the Onion-ish "news site" The News Nerd published a fictional story titled "Patti Labelle Arrested After Fist Fight with Aretha Franklin."

The story claims LaBelle decked Franklin with a punch following a back-and-forth feud. This scuffle most definitely did not occur, though Franklin found it necessary to issue a formal refutation of the incident today:

"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."

Poor Aretha -- either her team is feeding her some deeply misleading information or she doesn't quite get the (attempted) humor of the internet. To Franklin's credit, several of the article's commenters appeared to miss the joke as well. Here are a few nuggets:


"What a stupid way for two elderly people to react ,i am very much sorry about the situation."

"You two lady’s need to bury that nonsense and move on y’all have been friends to long"

FYI: The bottom of the News Nerd site contains a disclaimer saying its posts are for "entertainment purposes only."