Patti LaBelle Is Dating Her 41-Year-Old Drummer, Eric Seats — Hell Yeah

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Patti LaBelle, shown without her 41-year-old boyfriend.
Patti LaBelle, shown without her 41-year-old boyfriend.Photo: Bryan Bedder

Oh — what’s this? What’s this about Patti LaBelle?

Hmm. Funny how life works. One moment you assume you have a close enough relationship with music legend Patti LaBelle that Patti LaBelle might tell you personally if she’s been dating her 41-year-old drummer Eric Seats for an entire year and a half. The next moment you read on the internet, via numerous outlets, that Patti LaBelle, in fact, neglected to inform you — for a year and a half — that she’s been dating her 41-year-old drummer, Eric Seats, for a year and a half. Huh. All right, Patti LaBelle.

From The Daily Mail:

“She tried to keep it quiet, but everyone around her has figured things out now. She’s completely smitten with him and they spend so much time together,” said the source.

It’s like — on the one hand I feel happy for my friend, Patti LaBelle. Of course, hell yeah, date that younger man whom you met “when he was hired to be your drummer several years ago,” reportedly. On the other hand it’s like, damn, Patti LaBelle.

I thought we were friends.