DisRESPECT!

As she lies on her deathbed, tabloid posts story about Aretha Franklin’s bisexual “orgy-loving” dad

Aretha Franklin is said to be “gravely ill”, according to multiple sources.

Yesterday, it was reported that the 76-year-old has been moved into hospice care in Detroit, where her family is currently gathered to say their last goodbyes.

Now, while the Queen of Soul is literally on her deathbed, the Mirror has decided to run a salacious story about the wild sex habits of her father, Clarence LaVaughan ‘CL’ Franklin, a Baptist minister who allegedly partook in bisexual orgies.

The British tabloid reports:

Behind the glamour, the 76-year-old singer has lived a dramatic life, from her teenage pregnancies to an “orgy-loving” father, alcoholism and abuse, according to David Ritz’ 2014 book, RESPECT.

Dad Clarence LaVaughan ‘CL’ Franklin was a prominent Baptist minister, whose church allegedly played host to wild orgies–the likes of which even promiscuous singer Ray Charles was surprised by.

In his book, Ritz quotes Charles as saying:

“When it came to pure sex, they were wilder than me–and that’s saying something. In those days I had a thing for orgies, but I had to be the only cat in the room with two or three chicks.”

“The gospel people didn’t think that way. The cats liked it with the cats and the chicks liked it with the chicks and no one minded mixing it up this way or that.”

The Mirror claims Aretha’s dad “preached and partied” at the church for years before eventually divorcing her mother.

Ritz also spoke to R&B and gospel singer Billy Preston, who told him the church was definitely more tolerant than others, though he never mentioned anything about any bisexual orgies.

“It was the church crowd where the vibe was wide open,” he said. “It was anything goes. In the community outside the church, gay men were called sissies. But inside the church, a lot of the music was created by gay men.”

Franklin’s career spans six decades and includes many iconic R&B hits, including “Respect,” “Chain of Fools” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”