Music legends Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin had been rumored for years to be caught in a feud, but the former laid such speculation to rest on Thursday by posting a touching tribute to the late Franklin.

LaBelle, 74, shared a message on Twitter to honor Franklin — dubbed the “Queen of Soul” — who died at age 76 on Thursday.

“I am deeply saddened about the passing of the Queen of Soul and my sister in song, Aretha Franklin,” LaBelle wrote. “Today the world has experience a tremendous loss. Aretha was a rare treasure whose unmatched musical genius helped craft the soundtrack to the lives of so many.”

LaBelle is best known for songs like “New Attitude,” “On My Own” and “Somebody Loves You Baby.”


On Thursday, Fox News botched their tribute to Franklin by accidentally showing a picture of LaBelle.

The network later apologized for the mistake, saying it had intended to show a photo of LaBelle and Franklin performing together but the latter soul singer was left in the background of that shot.

Rumors about a tense relationship between the two singers began in recent years following a series of incidents like one in 2014. During the Women of Soul concert at the White House that year, Franklin refused to shake LaBelle’s hand.

In 2016, Franklin said she would start her own food line shortly after LaBelle’s sweet potato pies at Walmart enjoyed success. “Ms. Patti’s gonna have to move that pie to the side!” Franklin said in her announcement.

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