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Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” and the powerful voice behind hits like “Respect” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” is getting ready to launch her very own food brand, with an eye toward disrupting the success of a certain diva whose now-infamous sweet potato pies sold like hot cakes around Thanksgiving — Patti LaBelle.
In an interview with Detroit’s Local News 4 today, Franklin said that her own line of products will include pies, chili, gumbo, and baked chicken. A Phoenix-based company has been tapped to begin development on Franklin’s foods.
When asked if she had ever tasted one of LaBelle’s pies, Franklin said, “No, I haven’t, but Ms. Patti’s gonna have to move that pie to the side!”
However, despite a persistent rumor that Franklin and LaBelle and have been embroiled in a rivalry for a number of years, and fueled by the story of a supposed fist fight in 2014, Franklin later clarified to USA Today that she and LaBelle get along just fine. “Patti and I are cool and we always have been,” Franklin said.