Vocal powerhouse Patti LaBelle recently revealed the root of Luther Vandross’ closeted sexuality.
Gay rumors followed the ‘Never Too Much’ R&B star for most of his career but were never confirmed before his untimely death in 2005.
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Now, fellow legendary singer, Patti LaBelle is revealing why Luther didn’t come out during his storied career.
“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,” LaBelle told Andy Cohen on an episode of Watch What Happens Live.
LaBelle also implied that his devoted female fan base might’ve been thrown off by the announcement.
“He had a lot of lady fans and he told me he just didn’t want to upset the world,” she added.
You can watch the clip below:
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Luther Vandross: A Walk Down Memory Lane On What Would Be His 65th Birthday
1. 1951: Luther Ronzoni Vandross was born on April 20 in New York's Manhattan.1 of 15
2. 1959: Luther's father dies. Luther was eight.2 of 15
3. 1969: Vandross appeared on the 2nd and 5th episodes of Sesame Street.3 of 15
4. 1974: Toured with David Bowie as a backup singer.4 of 15
5. 1975: Vandross wrote "Everybody Rejoice" for the Broadway musical The Wiz5 of 15
6. 1978: Vandross appeared on Quincy Jones's “Sounds...and Stuff Like That!!”6 of 15
7. 1980: Vandross recorded the album "The Glow Of Love"7 of 15
8. 1981: Vandross signed with Epic and released his debut album, "Never Too Much"8 of 15
9. 1989: Vandross released the compilation "The Best of Luther Vandross"9 of 15
10. 1991: Vandross won his first Grammy for "Here and Now." (Photo: Retna)10 of 15
11. 1992: Vandross won two Grammys for co-writing and performing "Power of Love."11 of 15
12. 1997: Vandross sang the American national anthem during Super Bowl XXXI12 of 15
13. 2003: Vandross suffered a stroke which left him in a coma.13 of 15
14. 2004: Vandross appeared via video at the 2004 Grammys. He won four Awards.14 of 15
15. 2005: Vandross died at JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey.15 of 15
Patti LaBelle Reveals Luther Vandross Didn’t Come Out Because He “Didn’t Want To Upset The World” was originally published on hellobeautiful.com