Bishop Charles H. Ellis III has apologised to those who feel touched Ariana Grande unknowingly as he led Aretha Franklin’s funeral service.
Grande honoured the home-going event with song and was invited to speak to Ellis about her feelings towards the late icon.
There, an awkward moment ensued.
Today, he has offered some clarity.
It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast. … I don’t know I guess I put my arm around her. Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar but again, I apologize.
I hug all the female artists and the male artists. Everybody that was up, I shook their hands and hugged them. That’s what we are all about in the church. We are all about love. The last thing I want to do is to be a distraction to this day. This is all about Aretha Franklin.
— arianauptades (@bibledrugs) August 31, 2018