Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III and singer Ariana Grande after she performed during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple. Picture: Paul Sancya/AP
Detroit - Singer Ariana Grande received an awkward hug from Bishop Charles H. Ellis III of Greater Grace after she was finished belting "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman" at Aretha Franklin's homegoing. 

Grande was supported online by fans and others when she seemed uncomfortable with the way Ellis was touching her on stage as he towered over her. 

His hand was well above her waist, with the fingers of one hand pressing against one side of her chest. Many people posted close-up images of the moment on Twitter, tagging it #RespectAriana. 


The bishop has since apologised, saying that while "it would never be my intention to touch anyone's breast", perhaps he "crossed a border".

The short black dress Grande was wearing also got the social media choir going. 


Ariana Grande performs during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Picture: Paul Sancya/AP

On Twitter, Grande's dress was criticized as too short for church. "#ArianaGrande don't know the below the knee rule for the pulpit in the black church. Somebody hand her a lap hanky and a choir robe. Bless her heart," tweeted one, Tenisha Taylor Bell. 


 AP