Patti LaBelle is dating Her 41-year-old drummer, Eric Seats — hell yeah

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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 numerousoutlets, 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 TheDaily 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.


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Patti LaBelle is dating Her 41-year-old drummer, Eric Seats — hell yeah
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 18: Singer Patti LaBelle attends the 'Christmas In The City' concert at the Prudential Center on December 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 18: Singer Patti LaBelle performs onstage at the 'Christmas In The City' Concert held at the Prudential Center on December 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Patti LaBelle visits Sandra Bernhard's 'Sandyland' on Andy Cohen's exclusive SiriusXM channel 'Radio Andy' at SiriusXM Studios on November 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Singer Patti LaBelle seen leaving the Mercer Hotel wearing turquoise in support of the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative on November 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for ALA)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Singer Patti LaBelle visits The Empire State Building in honor of Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research on October 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Singer Patti LaBelle is seen outside 'Up and Down:on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Singer Patti LaBelle is seen outside 'Up and Down:on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Carly Steel, Patti LaBelle, a guest, Star Jones, and Denise Rich attend Angel Ball 2015 hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on October 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Singer Patti LaBelle attends the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard® - Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE at Pier 94 on October 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
BETHLEHEM, PA - OCTOBER 17: Singer Patti LaBelle performs at Zoellner Arts Center on October 17, 2015 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Singer Patti LaBelle attends the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard® - Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE at Pier 94 on October 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Patti Labelle at the 2015 BET Awards press room on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Patti LaBelle poses backstage at the Zang Toi fashion show during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Patti Labelle Leaving the 2015 BET Awards on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
THE VIEW - Raven Symone is the guest co-host. Guests include Tony Goldwyn and Patti LaBelle today, Thursday, May 7, 2015 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2005' - 'Dancing with the Stars' marked the halfway point of the competition with its biggest show yet, 'Disney Night,' with all new celebrity performances MONDAY, APRIL 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The show began with an opening number featuring all your favorite live action and animated Disney characters dancing with the entire cast. Each couple then performed to songs from Walt Disney Animation Studios films. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) PATTI LABELLE
DANCING WITH THE STARS - PATTI LABELLE - The 10th anniversary celebrity cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' is strapping on their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Patti LaBelle is partnered with Artem Chigvintsev. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Patti LaBelle performs for Whoopi Goldberg's birthday on 'THE VIEW,' 11/13/14 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: Television personalities Robin Roberts and Patti Labelle are seen tape a segment at 'Good Morning America' at the ABC Times Square Studios on July 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
FILE - This June 26, 2011 file photo shows singer Patti LaBelle poses backstage at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Patti Labelle is a known diva and Queen Latifah does not consider herself one, but both will be among those honored as part of the Black Girls Rock! awards show on BET. Other honorees include tennis champion Venus Williams, screenwriter-producer Mara Brock Akil, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, community organizer Ameena Matthews and children's rights advocate Marian Wright Edelman. Actresses Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King return as hosts of the ceremony, which will air Nov. 3. It will be taped at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
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