It wasn’t quite the shinding we expected to hear about, but Aretha Franklin definitely rang in the last year of her 60’s in style in NYC this weekend.
First, on Friday she threw the livest party ever thrown for a soon-to-be-septuagenarian at the Hemsley Park Lane. Aretha did it up with Star Jones, Permed Up Al, Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Gayle King, Bette Midler and others.
Then, yesterday she had a cozy dinner with her longtime homie Clive Davis at Le Bernardin.
The 18-time Grammy winner had to cancel her tour when she was hospitalized in December and underwent surgery, but spies said she was in great form over dinner with Davis Thursday night. Our spy said: “They were toasting her health and her birthday. Word spread, and a crowd gathered outside. When the two emerged, there were flashbulbs and loud cheers.”
Good for Auntie! She deserves it!
(We do hope one of those gifts was a better bra… or some kind of surgical lift, because Auntie’s looking sloppy.)
Check out photos from the party below.