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Patti LaBelle Reveals She Had To “Slap” Goddaughter Mariah Carey “Every Now and Then”

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Patti LaBelle Reveals She Had To “Slap” Goddaughter Mariah Carey “Every Now and Then”

Patti LaBelle appeared on E!’s Busy Tonight Thursday night and revealed her tough ways with her goddaughter.

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Patti LaBelle does not play with her goddaughter, even if she is Mariah Carey.

“Mariah’s my goddaughter,” LaBelle said. “I have to slap her every now and then, but she’s so phenomenal and so good, she doesn’t need to be slapped anymore. That’s my baby.”

The host of “Busy Tonight”, Busy Phillips, asked the “Lady Marmalade” singer if she had an alter-ego named Priscilla to which LaBelle replied,

“She comes out whenever she has to,” LaBelle said. “I’m a Gemini, like I told you, and I have all these different personalities. Sometimes I’m so annoyed … when things are not done the way I need to see them, I get a little a little Priscilla-ish. And then I snap out of it. That other Gemini takes over and she says, ‘Patti, don’t do that.’ ”

“She’s ugly. She’s [a] very, very bad girl. I don’t like her,” ” LaBelle joked, of Priscilla. “She’s not cute but she’s healthy. I’m 74 years young, she’s been with me all these years, she’s keeping me going.”

With Patti now being in the music industry for almost six decades, Philips wanted to know if she gives advice to younger singers coming up.

“I’ve talked to a lot of young girls. I’ve been mentors to so many… Beyoncé, Mary J. [Blige]… God, so many,” she recalled. “I talk to all of these young ladies because they’re ladies. And that’s my job.”

When asked what words of advice she gives, Patti said,

 “I hate saying this but, ‘Keep your clothes on,’ ‘ she said. “That talent will show. You don’t have to do this and do that to show that.”

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Watch the full interview with Patti LaBelle below:


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