Patti Labelle Dishes On Why Luther Vandross Never Came Out of the Closet

Published: Wednesday 6th Dec 2017 by Rashad

Patti Labelle stopped by ‘Watch What Happens Live’ last night alongside Sam Smith to dish with Andy Cohen on her holiday album, cooking show, and – of course – tis the season for “Patti Pies.”  But, to accompany the news she served on her latest endeavors, Labelle also served a bit of “tea,” if you will, on late R&B vocalist Luther Vandross (who was a longtime friend of hers).

When Cohen quizzed Smith on critics likening him to the ‘Superstar’ singer, the host turned his attention to Miss Patti to ask about the legendary crooner’s rumored battle with “coming out” as openly gay.

Curious to hear how she responded?  Find out inside:

Labelle, Mariah Carey‘s godmother, also was quizzed on any “advice” she’d give the ‘We Belong Together’ singer heading into the new year.

Hear Miss Patti sound off on that as well:

Start at 3:03 (Luther)

4:39 (“Advice for Mariah Carey”)

Patti also reflects on that hilarious “where are my background singers?” viral clip:


Unfamiliar with that event?  See it below:

Your thoughts?

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  1. Fancy BISH December 6, 2017

    Sam Smith just seems like a great person..genuine and hilarious too…he said he was a diiik monster lol ? And Patti is royalty!

  2. SMH December 6, 2017

    They seriously needs to stop comparing him to Luther. I don’t even have enough time to get into how ridiculous that comparison is.

  3. Chocolatebox777 December 6, 2017

    Luther’s sexuality should have been kept Where back there.

  4. Nene Leakes December 6, 2017

    1.) Sam Smith is no where near the vocal genius that Luther was, so why that lie was even told is beyond me.
    2.) Is Beyoncé like the only singer people want to work with? (Besides they would not sound good together, not even with him singing in the background.)
    3.) Patti is a legend.

  5. Your Name December 6, 2017

    I love Sam Smith, but he does not have the masculine velvety vocals that Luther had. I mean Luther literally had women throwing their bras and panties at him. Everyone knew Luther was gay, but no one really cared. Gotta love Aunt Patti.

  6. NBJ December 6, 2017

    white media always likes to bring up the shadiest questions about dead black celebs. Sam Smith is a great singer with a lovely voice, but he AIN’T LUTHER!! Also, Luther gave variation, he pull out a fast uptempo like Never Too Much, then give a slow burn like House Is Not A Home. Sam is still only giving one type of song, still good, but no diversity yet. They’re so excited to make white singers the new soul singers. I hate the host, but I dig Sam, love Patti!

  7. Deyzz December 6, 2017

    Sam Smith is more like George Michael (who I love and miss) than Luther. I can’t understand the comparison either.
    Sam seems so real, but I question the weight loss.
    As for collaboration I think Joss Stone (where is she?) and him would be better than Beyonce (no shade). Speaking vocally.

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