Patti LaBelle: Luther Vandross Didn't Come Out As Gay Because Of His Mom

By Isha Thorpe

December 7, 2017

While visiting Andy Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live," Patti LaBelle spoke about the holidays, her late friend Luther Vandross, and much more. 

When Vandross was alive, there was speculation that he was gay. But, he never officially came out. Cohen asked LaBelle if the two of them ever spoke about his sexuality and the possibility of him one day telling the world his truth. However, LaBelle said that he didn't want to come out because he didn't want to let certain people down.

"Did he struggle with the idea of coming out publicly? Was that something you talked about, at all?" the talk show host asked. LaBelle then nodded and replied: "Yeah, we talked about it. It was 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."

The music icon added: "And he had a lot of lady fans and he told me that he just didn't wanna upset the world... It was hard for him." 

Watch Patti LaBelle speak about Luther Vandross below. 

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