Aretha Franklin, who denied she had pancreatic cancer or underwent gastric bypass weight loss surgery, looked skinnier than ever while performing in Nashville.
Franklin, who has lost between 85-100 pounds during the past few months, looked noticeably smaller in a white kaftan-style dress while performing at the Ryman Auditorium for a standing-room only audience.
Aretha said she decided to lose weight because she had gotten “too fat for words.” Franklin says she slimmed down gradually by cutting back on hamburgers, junk food, fried pork products and eating healthier, low-fat salads and drinking lots of water.
The Queen of Soul, who vehemently denied speculation that she was battling pancreatic cancer, underwent a mystery surgery in December 2010, and has since lost almost 100 pounds.
Aretha, who confesses she has “tried everything” to lose weight, insists she lost the weight by eating less and walking 30 minutes 3-4 days a week, and not through surgery.
While Aretha has denied she was battling pancreatic cancer, she underwent a colonoscopy in 2010 after feeling “a hard pain” in her side during a concert in Toronto.
I had a colonoscopy and it showed nothing was wrong. I associated the pain in my side with the colonoscopy that I had within a day or two before.
I got up at 2 o’clock in the morning and called the doctor who did the colonoscopy and told him what was happening.
“He said, ‘Miss Franklin, whatever it is, it is not from the colonoscopy. You need to come home and have a CAT-scan.’ Thank God he said that because that unfolded everything, what the problem was and everything.”
While Franklin’s dramatic weight loss has spurred speculation that the mystery surgery she underwent was a gastric bypass, the Grammy winner remains mum about her health.
In April 2011, Franklin denied she had undergone weight-loss surgery because she found the procedure “too scary.”
For now, Aretha, who has been morbidly overweight for years, is determined to embrace a healthy, active lifestyle. “Occasionally I will still have that quarter-pounder [hamburger] because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum,” she says.
“I am drinking lots of water to get rid of the toxins in my body. It’s a natural flushing. Water flushes your system and is also very good for your skin.”
Franklin, who recently canceled a series of concerts due to health issues, is excited to perform again.
“It’s a new chapter in my life,” she gushes. “It’s a brand-new me. I am still the same but with some changes.”
Aretha Franklin has won 18 Grammy Awards. You can hear her best tracks on her 30 Greatest Hits album.