LATEST: Soul star Patti Labelle has spoken out over her disastrous performance in Florida last week (25MAR06), insisting her difficulties were caused by the chilly weather conditions.
LaBelle broke down in tears on stage, explaining to fans at the Riviera Beach Jazz and Blues Festival she was suffering from a heart murmur and diabetes.
But the 61-year-old singer now claims she simply couldn't bear to see her audience sitting out in the cold, despite it being relatively mild at 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).
She says, "I was the closing act and the audience was still loving Patti LaBelle.
"But I told the audience to go home. I didn't want the audience sitting out there."
She explained away the crowd's lack of enthusiasm, saying, "They were wrapped up in blankets. They couldn't clap."