Bishop Charles H Ellis III’s hug of the singer, and a joke about her name, was interpreted by some as crossing a line

The bishop who officiated at Aretha Franklin’s funeral has apologised to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name.

Bishop Charles H Ellis III led Franklin’s funeral and awkwardly greeted Grande on stage after she performed (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Images of the moment showed Ellis’s hand holding Grande well above her waist, with his fingers pressing against one side of her chest.

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