Ariana Grande Bishop Shares An Apology After 'Inappropriate Touching' At Aretha Franklin Funeral

Ariana Grande Bishop Shares An Apology After 'Inappropriate Touching' At Aretha Franklin Funeral
Tuáthla Lucey
Tuáthla Lucey

3 Sep 2018

 Ariana Grande was one of the many performers that paid tribute to the soul queen, Aretha Franklin during her funeral.

Grande was called up alongside Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who was leading the funeral proceedings. He hugged Ariana after her performance but many people felt he had put his hands in an inappropriate position.

Following the backlash online, the Bishop made an apology to Ariana Grande & her fans.

He said, “It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast. ... I don’t know I guess I put my arm around her. Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.”

“I hug all the female artists and the male artists. Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them. That’s what we are all about in the church. We are all about love. The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. This is all about Aretha Franklin.”

“I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community. When you’re doing a program for nine hours you try to keep it lively, you try to insert some jokes here and there.”