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Aretha Franklin: 'Whitney Houston lost her way'

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Aretha Franklin has claimed that the late Whitney Houston had tremendous trouble dealing with fame.

The 'Queen of Soul' was interviewed by Dateline this week and discussed her relationship with goddaughter Houston, who was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel room last weekend.

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Whitney Houston

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Houston admitted to abusing drugs while married to ex-husband Bobby Brown, but Franklin declined to place blame for the singer's downfall on Brown or her parents.

"Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home. She left home with all the right things; she just kind of lost her way along the way somewhere," Franklin said.

She added: "She was having her problems, she was having her challenges, but a lot of people have challenges of all kinds... You cannot define a person on just one thing.

"You can't just forget all these wonderful and good things that a person has done because one thing didn't come off the way you thought it should come off."



Franklin also recalled being rattled when she learned of Houston's passing on television last Saturday night (February 11).

"I had just finished watching George Clooney in The Descendants, and I flipped back to the regular TV and maybe two minutes after I did it came across the screen," the legendary singer said. "I just jumped up off the side of the bed."

Stevie Wonder and Franklin will be singing at Houston's funeral on Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ.

Franklin told Al Roker that she doesn't know yet what song she is going to perform, but she is very nervous for the ceremony.

"It's not going to be easy… I just want to try to do my best," Franklin insisted.

Kevin Costner, Clive Davis and Marvin Winans are among the speakers who will pay tribute to Houston's life and accomplishments.

The service will be streamed live on the internet and will also be made available for television networks.

Aretha Franklin's full interview with Al Roker airs on Dateline tonight (Friday) at 10/9c on NBC.

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