Beyonce & Aretha Franklin Not Related Despite Speculation

But, the love between the legends was mutual!

Beyonce and one of her inspirations, Aretha Franklin, didn’t share any relationship except a mutual-respect one.

Key Takeaways

  • Beyonce, one of the greatest vocalists of all time, and Aretha Franklin, the greatest singer of all time, didn’t have blood relations but highly admired one another.
  • Aretha only had four children, all boys, eliminating all the speculation of Beyonce being her daughter.
  • Although they had a brief feud, the legends always supported each other and gave flowers.

The only relationship Beyonce could have with Aretha Franklin was that of mother-daughter, but Aretha only had four kids, all of whom were boys.

She had her first child, Clarence Franklin, in 1955 at the age of 14.

After a few years, Franklin gave birth to their second son, Edward Franklin, in 1957.

Aretha married music manager Ted White in 1961, and the pair welcomed a son, Ted White Jr., aka Teddy Richards, in 1964.

After divorcing Ted, she gave birth to her youngest son, Kecalf Cunningham, with her road manager, Ken Cunningham.

Grammy Fued And Respect For Each Other

At one point, the legends had a tumultuous public relationship.

During the 2008 Grammy, Beyonce introduced Tina Turner and called her “The Queen.”

Franklin was not amused, as there’s only one “Queen of Soul,” according to her.

She issued a press release saying, “I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised.”

Nontheless, her statement concluded with “Love to Beyoncé anyway.”

Beyoncé’s father and former manager, Mathew Knowles, did not appreciate this, calling Franklin’s remarks “ridiculous… childish… [and] unprofessional.”

Regardless, the two mega-artists have nothing but love and respect for one another.

Franklin showered love in a 2014 interview and said,

We have a lot o respect for each other. Beyonce is a very hard-working woman. Astrologically, for whatever it’s worth she’s a Virgo – like Michael Jackson, a hard worker. She’s very pleasant. She’s complimentary to other artists.

Aretha Franklin

She continued,

And I think she just has a very positive message. I mean, I went to see her perform and I came out of there feeling uplifted. And Beyonce is very outspoken on feminist issues. So I think that’s good. That could be brought to the forefront more.

Aretha Franklin

The love was mutual as before Aretha’s de*th when she was gravely ill in August 2018, Beyonce and her husband, Jay Z, dedicated their show to the late singer in her hometown of Detroit.

The “Cowboy Carter” singer thanked the Queen of Soul for ‘beautiful music.’

In Case You Didn’t Know

  • Beyonce is the mother of three kids: firstborn, daughter Blue Ivy, followed by twins Sir and Rumi.
  • Aretha Franklin had an estimated net worth of $80 million at the time of her passing.
  • Meanwhile, Beyonce and Jay-Z have an estimated net worth of $4 billion.


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