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“He just didn’t want to upset the world” – Patti LaBelle on why Luther Vandross never Came Out as Gay | WATCH



"He just didn't want to upset the world" - Patti LaBelle on why Luther Vandross never Came Out as Gay | WATCH - BellaNaijaPatti LaBelle was a guest, along with Sam Smith, on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” where she discussed Luther Vandross’ sexuality.

Asked if there were any similarities between Sam Smith and Luther Vandross, LaBelle said:

There are voices in this world and once they sing it’s a stamp on everybody. Luther did that and he’s done it.

The talk went on to explore the friendship between LaBelle and Vandross, and while the latter’s sexuality has always been a cause for debate, Cohen asked if he ever struggled with coming out publicly. He said:

Did [Vandross] struggle with the idea of coming out publicly? Was that something that you talked about at all?

LaBelle said it was discussed, but Vandross had a lot of “lady fans,” and he didn’t want to upset the world. She said:

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. And he had a lot of lady fans and he told me he just didn’t want to upset the world.

Watch the interview below:


  1. Tanya

    December 7, 2017 at 8:03 am

    This broke my heart……

    • Lilo

      December 8, 2017 at 1:20 am

      He didn’t have to come out though. We knew he was gay right?

  2. Wale

    December 7, 2017 at 8:20 am

    This information was confided in you why spill? Can the dead rest please?

  3. bruno

    December 7, 2017 at 8:51 am

    everybody knew Luther was gay. if only he lived his life for himself and not for others. to hell with the so called lady fans. Elton John had lady fans, George Michael had lady fans

    that’s why I applaud sam smith and frank ocean.

    pls always stay true to ur self. that’s the only way u can live a happy life.

  4. Tina

    December 7, 2017 at 9:15 am

    So much for a friend. It was his story to share, not yours. If he wanted his family to be happy and not know, now you made them aware. Classless

  5. bodunade

    December 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Open secret. He probably didn’t want his sexuality to overshadow his talent.
    Unlike other musicians that exploit being gay for fame.
    Luther Vandross could really sing. Top 2 on any list.

    • tobi

      December 7, 2017 at 10:46 am

      ????U are spot on my friend. The guy was all about expressing himself through beautiful music.


    December 7, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Your secret love
    Why can’t we tell somebody

  7. kaina

    December 7, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I appreciate his efforts to remain discrete about his personal life.It added to his mystery and to me reflects a great dedication to his Art. His talent was pefect untinged by crass unecessay details. Now this busibodi has to go gassing. Mtchw people always trying the most to sellout in order to stay relevant

  8. Sherlie Holmes

    December 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Patti is like fiiine wiiine. That woman is just beautiful!

    • Jane Watson

      December 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      …but she talks too much!!!

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