Music legend Patti LaBelle has refused to be called a 'diva' reason being that the word – Diva – is now been used loosely by just anyone who thinks she can sing. In a recent interview with PrideSource earlier this week, the veteran singer says "Diva is word used to describe a woman who can sing her heart out, giving 120% but it's now a negative word for little heifers who just can’t sing".
Since Beyonce told us 'a diva is a female version of a hustler", every chic with a mic and a hit song is calling herself that, a Diva! But 69-year-old LaBelle is now telling it straight, "If you can’t sing operas or earn a strong and respectable career as a female singer, you are a Hot Mess".
Take a read into what exactly she said about DIVA via PrideSource:
Do you consider yourself a Diva?
That word is used so loosely that I don’t even consider myself a diva. 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.
Is there a negative connotation to it now?Yeah, 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. 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.
But it used to be a respectable term at some point.Well, for opera singers, and for ladies who earned it, but that was way, way back when. Now you can look up to them, but you might not see what you wanna see. A hot mess! People who are doing it and doing it with about 40 people on stage with them to hide their pitifulness – that’s not a word, but you know what I mean.
And as you already know, Auntie Patti doesn't give one single f***!
Guys, does she make sense?