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Ariana Grande: Bishop apologizes for ‘touching’ singer’s breast at Aretha Franklin’s funeral

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Bishop apologizes for ‘touching’ Ariana Grande's breast

The bishop's apology is coming after a widespread outrage that the clergy groped the young singer at the tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who officiated the funeral of Aretha Franklin, has apologized for mistakenly touching Ariana Grande's breasts.

Ellis apologized for mistakenly touching Grande's boobs on stage after her performance.

The bishop's apology is coming after a widespread outrage that the clergy groped the young singer at the tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Here's Ellis' apology to Ariana Grande

It would never be my intention to touch any woman’s breast. … I don’t know, I guess I put my arm around her,” Ellis said in comments to US media confirmed to AFP on Saturday.

Continuing, he said, “Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar, but again, I apologize.

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“When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell.

“I personally and sincerely apologize to Ariana and to her fans and to the whole Hispanic community,” Ellis said.

Ariana Grande performs Aretha Franklin's classic

25-year-old Grande sang Aretha Franklin's classic “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,” during a series of tributes to the late singer.

Grande was one of the musicians who paid tributes America’s “Queen of Soul” at her marathon funeral attended by presidents, stars and music royalty.

After the young singer's performance, Bishop Ellis had congratulated her by wrapping his arm around her leaving his hand high above her waist and his fingers pressing against her chest.

The gesture drew fierce criticism with many of the singer's fans feeling outraged.