Ms. Patti is never one to bite her tongue and she didn’t hold back during a recent interview when asked about being a “diva”.
“That word is used so loosely that I don’t even consider myself a diva,” LaBelle said in an interview with PrideSource. “I always considered myself a woman who sings her heart out and who gives 120 percent. ‘Diva’ is a word that I wouldn’t wanna call myself because it’s so loosely used. It’s not cute anymore.”
You hear that, diva means nothing to Ms. Patti.
The 69-year-old singer said now the word has a negative connotation, “because all these little heifers who can’t sing are called divas!”
“It doesn’t mean anything to me and probably to some of the other ladies who have been doing it for as long as I have: Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick,” Ms. Patti continued. “You know, I’m speaking for me — I don’t know if they like to be called divas — but I know I wouldn’t call them divas, because it’s not in good company.”
Who’s gonna check Ms. Patti? Not one of those “divas”, I’m sure. If they know what’s best for them. I’m quite sure Ms. Patti will have no problem in telling them to “bow down”.