Aretha Franklin Dismisses Reports Of LaBelle Fight

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April 15, 2014 | 9:41pm EST

Soul icon Aretha Franklin has laughed off rumors her pal Patti Labelle was recently arrested following a fight between the pair after fans fell for a spoof news article posted online.
The fake story was posted on TheNewsNerd.com on Friday, alleging the Lady Marmalade hitmaker been taken into police custody after throwing a punch at Franklin during a run-in in Atlanta, Georgia last month.
The false news caused such a stir on the Internet that Franklin has now spoken out to clear up the claims.
In a funny statement released on Tuesday, the legendary singer writes, “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 (laugh out loud). 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.”
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