The family of Aretha Franklin is fighting to honor her wishes.
Franklin’s sons have rekindled a longstanding quarrel following the release of a new biopic featuring Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul. Aretha Franklin takes the stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden, electrifying the crowd as she sings out her famous hit, Respect, in a silvery baby blue dress with extremely teased Sixties hairdo, beneath pink and blue spotlights.
It’s one of the emotional high points of the much-anticipated new film about the Queen of Soul’s troubled life. Respect will be released in the United States on Friday and in the United Kingdom next month.
Franklin is portrayed by Jennifer Hudson, the Oscar-winning star of the 2006 hit Dreamgirls, in the film, which chronicles the singing superstar from her humble beginnings as a church choir prodigy through a series of misfortunes to her breakthrough as one of pop music’s most renowned divas.
Before dying of pancreatic illness at the age of 76, she sold over 75 million records and won 18 Grammy awards while topping the charts with classics including Respect, Chain Of Fools, and You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.
The 16th of August is the third anniversary of her death.
However, Franklin’s family has been violently denouncing the film for the past two years, and until recently, was pushing fans to boycott it.
The singer has spent her entire life attempting to sugarcoat the darker facts of her existence, and her family has been similarly protective of her memory while feuding furiously over her money.
Franklin tried her hardest to hide the fact that she was abandoned by her mother at the age of six and had two children by the time she was fourteen.
She was twice married and had four children with three separate fathers.
She overcame domestic abuse, battled alcoholism, fought pancreatic cancer for more than a decade, and had feuds with rival divas Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Barbra Streisand, and Dionne Warwick.
Respect is the third film about Franklin that her family has sought to block in the last three years.
It’s symbolic of Franklin’s protective and split family, which is still fighting over her fortune, which is estimated to be worth up to £58 million, three years after her death.
Franklin’s final will and testament appeared after her death on August 16, 2018, and then disappeared. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”