Bishop Apologises for Touching Ariana Grande Inappropriately at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Bishop Apologises for Touching Ariana Grande Inappropriately at Aretha Franklin's Funeral

Ellis III, who officiated the funeral of Aretha Franklin, has apologized for mistakenly touching Ariana Grande's breasts.

Grande was one of the musicians who paid tributes America's "Queen of Soul" at her marathon funeral attended by presidents, stars and music royalty.

Immediately after her powerful performance that pastor Charles H. Ellis III labelled Grande an "icon herself", but it was a comment made by the pastor beforehand that first began to ruffle some feathers.

The preacher apologized about the incident during an interview at the cemetery where Franklin was being interred.

The pastor admitted he maybe crossed a line with his friendly hold on Grande, but it was never his intention to grope the star. Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them.

Ellis said that he hugged all male and female performers that night stating "that's what we're all about in the Church". "We are all about love", the cleric said. "But again, I apologise", he added.

Grande, whose songs include "Problem" and "No Tears Left to Cry", sang Franklin's hit "Natural Woman" at the funeral.

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Ellis also apologized to Grande, her fans and Hispanic community for joking about her name.

"I think every woman can look at Ariana Grande's face and body language and viscerally feel what she's feeling".

He also made a joke about her name sounding like something taken from a Taco Bell menu.

Franklin died earlier in August at the age of 76, from pancreatic cancer.

On Twitter, Grande's dress was criticized as too short for church.

"That's the easiest thing for me to do, the right thing for me to do and I certainly hope that she will forgive me".

But it's a remark that came before that - and what some have described as too-familiar touching from a much older man - that has Ellis apologizing to the singer, an army of her outraged fans and the Hispanic community. My 28-year-old daughter tells me, 'Dad! "You try to make some amusing references and what have you", he said, adding, "I love everybody".

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