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Patti LaBelle Reveals Why Luther Vandross Never Came Out as Gay Publicly

By Teonny Spears / Published on Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 11:20 AM / No Comments

For years rumors about Grammy-award winning artist and music icon Luther Vandross‘ sexuality has been a topic that many people have spoken on as he never married and had no children.

During her visit to Watch What Happens Live earlier this week, legend Patti LaBelle, who was a good friend of Luther’s confirmed the allegations and shared why he never publicly commented on his sexual orientation:

“We talked about it. Basically, he did not want his mother to be… although she might have known, but he wasn’t going to come out and say this to the world.”

She added:

“He had a lot of lady fans, and he told me that he just didn’t want to upset the world. … But it was hard for him.”


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26 year-old Teonny Spears, is from a small town in Louisiana called Ferriday, where he currently lives. A fan of Pop music, Teonny began writing at a small age and in 2005, he began blogging for fun on Myspace about his favorite artists. After building a love for entertainment news, he began working for, and launched his own weekly show in 2009 called EnterSHADEment Talk for 8 seasons and over 200 episodes before ending the show in 2012. He shortly left Defglam in the same year. In 2012, Teonny became the Pop Culture Expert for Sinuous Magazine.After a three-year run, Teonny left the publication to pursue new interests, and now resides at, as the Editor-in-Chief, where he specializes in Celebrity Gossip, fashion, music & introducing readers to new and rising talent. Teonny is also part of a collective called The Bloginati, a Multifaceted group with people who touch on several forms of media.