IF THIS WORLD WERE MINE: Patti LaBelle Reveals that Luther Vandross Never Came Out of the Closet Because He “Didn’t Want to Upset the World” (VIDEO)
06.12.17

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Patti LaBelle first met Luther Vandross backstage at the Apollo Theater over 50 years ago when she was part of the Bluebelles. The legendary soul singer remembered Vandross sneaking his way into their dressing room with various lavish dresses pretending to be a designer, but later realized he had a one-of-a-kind voice that would influence future singers.

In 2005, Vandross died of complications from a stroke. LaBelle has shared memories of her time with the “Always And Forever” artist since his passing – he was LaBelle’s first fan-club president – and recently revealed an intimate conversation the “If Only For One Night” vocalists had on Vandross’ sexuality.

During an interview with Andy Cohen on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, LaBelle was reminded of Vandross’ artistry thanks to Sam Smith’s presence next to her on the show. “There are voices in this world and once they sing, it’s a stamp on everybody,” LaBelle said per Jezebel. “Luther did that and he’s done it.”

Cohen then asked the “On My Own” singer if Vandross struggled with publicly announcing his sexuality. “We talked about it. Basically, he did not want his mother to be – although she might have known, but he wasn’t going to come out and say this to the world,” LaBelle revealed. “And he had a lot of lady fans and he told me the he just didn’t want to upset the world.”

Watch the full interview below.



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