Patti LaBelle's Most Outrageous On-Stage Moment
Patti LaBelle's Most Outrageous On-Stage Moment
Grammy-winning music legend Patti LaBelle chats with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Access Hollywood Live about her new line of culinary creations. Plus, how is she celebrating her upcoming 70th birthday? And, what’s the secret to her vitality? Also, what is the most outrageous thing she’s ever pulled on stage? “Patti’s Good Life” line of BBQ and hot sauces are available at Wal-Mart starting June 7; and catch her on Broadway in “After Midnight.”
sauces and hot sauces. Say hello to miss Patti Labelle. You are a stone cold hammer. You look fabulous. Thank you. I heard you have a big birthday coming up. I sure do. 7-0. I need to see documentation. Are you ready turning 70? 70, may 24th. I was born in 1944, darling. Yes. How do you look so good? What's the secret? God. God? Yes, god. He made you. I have good genes from my mom and dad. Everything is good. What are we doing to celebrate? I'm going to celebrate by being quiet. I'm just going to be at home having a dinner and some hard shell crabs from Baltimore. That's it. I love that. Yes. You are such a professional. It's starting to rain. I love it. Rain down on me! We can make it. Get ppatti annum umbrella. You've been diabetic for 20 years. 20 years. Did you learn to cook for type two diabetes? After I was diagnosed I learned how to not cook fried chicken. I learned how to steam it and saute and with all of my vegetables I cook all the time with just a little oil. With the fruit, I can't have fruit. But I've learned how to deal with diabetes. I have diabetes but diabetes does not have me. I like that. You created this whole line of barbecue sauce. Yes, I have. Particularly for die bed iks. It's for diabetics and people who want to eat healthier. It's called patty's good life. My products are in Walmart. Barbecue sauces, hot sauces, marinade and all of that wonderful tough. You can eat healthy and the food tastes great. You don't need the fried foods, the cakes or the bread, nothing. I tasted the sauce and the one thing I love, it's still sweet, a sweet tangy. It's real sugar and all those things we should be using. You're turning 70 but you're not slowing down in any way. June 10 you're hitting Broadway. June 7th for three weeks. That is "After midnight" nominated for seven tonys. I've seen it with fantasia. I didn't see any of the other actresses or singers, but it's a wonderful play, wonderful. Where do you get your energy? I'm looking at you bopping in here and I'm thinking of Broadway and the grind and the routine. You know what? I have as much energy as god gives me and that's a whole lot. I've never slowed down, never ever. Patty has made this point clear, loving the lord -- I'm with patty. Listen to me, I'm fine. I don't know, I get up every morning. As long as I breathe, I'm going to make the day a fabulous day. Age doesn't bother you? No. A lot of women don't want to say their age. Are you one of those women? No. I'm going to turn 44 in July. I'm thankful for every year. You have to be. With my life-style, I have an album coming out, a play, a tour that I'm starting in July. I'm doing the most. Patty, you owe me a hug, I didn't get one. I might get in and sandwich on that one. You go back to new attitude, lady marmalade, the outfits, the costumes, you started it all, the lady gagas and Nicki Minajs. They used our designer after we came out with the Labelle crazy beautiful stuff. They are wearing the clothes still. Hey girl, hey girl. Patty, who do you think today, what artists do you think are taking from your style, everything you use today do? Fantasia said she was. I kick my shoes off maybe the 7th song. She said she does her at the beginning. She said my feet hurt so I kick them off at the beginning. Young girls like Axton they call me for advice. What did you tell beyonce? I told her they were going to be better and better. Kelly Rowland, they C me mama, I have this thing they want to talk to me. Cyndi lauper, I'm her son's godmother. They all come to patty for advice and that's a high compliment. Patty, I know we just met but can I call you mama? Call me mama. Do you have concern about anybody someone who's not doing it right, keeping it classy? I'll keep it to myself. See how classy she is? I would not divulge that information. What's the most outlandish thing you've ever done on stage? The craziest thing. I had to go to the ladies room and they didn't have one. My friend Norma who has been doing my hair for 40 years bought me a bucket. When we did a quick change, I used the bucket. I went on the side, she covered me up. Everybody stood around with their backs turned and I had to go. That's talent, that's talent. I had to keep going after that, honey. I kept singing. So kept the riff going and everything going. The band was playing. She was changing. What would you tell your younger self? I would tell my younger self not to have had problems with the way I looked when I was younger, not to worry about that nose. I had a bigger nose so I had a nose job. That's the only surgery I have had on my face or body or anywhere. I was beating up myself for the way my nose looked. My nose was fine before I changed it, but it was my way of thinking that once I got on TV it's going to look bigger. Got the nose done and that's it but I would have said, patty, back in the day, shouldn't touch your nose. True or false, you don't have a cell phone? True. No cell phone. Do you have the phone on the wall with the cord? I have the land line. Rdless or no? It's a cord. It can move from my sink. I love that. You can't swim, true or false? True. Afraid of the water. I have a pool but I walk the water. I'm afraid to swim. Can you drive? No. No drive, no swim, no cell phone. No smoke. Unbelievable. That's why you look so good at 70. Happy birthday to patty. To mama! I don't want you to get wet. I'll hold it for you. Catch patty on Broadway in "After midnight."