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DETROIT – The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin’s funeral apologized Friday to Ariana Grande for a way he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her title.
Bishop Charles H. Ellis III led Franklin’s funeral and awkwardly greeted Grande on stage after she carried out “(You Make Me Really feel Like) A Pure Girl.” Pictures of the second confirmed Ellis’ hand holding Grande effectively above her waist, along with his fingers urgent towards one aspect of her chest.
The preacher apologized in an interview with The Related Press on the cemetery the place Franklin was interred late Friday.
“It will by no means be my intention to the touch any girl’s breast. … I do not know I suppose I put my arm round her,” Ellis mentioned. “Perhaps I crossed the border, perhaps I used to be too pleasant or acquainted however once more, I apologize.”
He mentioned he hugged all of the performers throughout Friday’s eight-hour service.
“I hug all the feminine artists and the male artists,” Ellis mentioned. “All people that was up, I shook their palms and hugged them. That is what we’re all about within the church. We’re all about love.”
He added: “The very last thing I need to do is to be a distraction to today. That is all about Aretha Franklin.”
Many individuals posted close-up pictures of the second on Twitter, tagging it #RespectAriana.
Ellis additionally apologized to Grande, her followers and Hispanic neighborhood for making a joke about seeing her title on this system and considering it was a brand new merchandise on the Taco Bell menu.
“I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her followers and to the entire Hispanic neighborhood,” Ellis mentioned. “If you’re doing a program for 9 hours you attempt to maintain it full of life, you attempt to insert some jokes right here and there.”
Ellis’ touching of Grande overshadowed some criticism earlier within the ceremony the brief gown Grande wore for her efficiency. Quite a few individuals posted criticisms on-line that the gown was too brief for church.
“#ArianaGrande do not know the beneath the knee rule for the pulpit within the black church. Any person hand her a lap hanky and a choir gown. Bless her coronary heart,” tweeted one, Tenisha Taylor Bell.
Grande’s consultant didn’t return an e-mail message looking for remark Friday.
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