Aretha Franklin opens up about her drastic weight loss
By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: The legendary Aretha Franklin is feeling better now after a health scare. She has not specifically said what ailed her but, thankfully, it is not pancreatic cancer which had been reported in some places.
The Queen of Soul appeared on The Grammys a few weeks ago looking slimmer than she has in year and on today’s ‘The Wendy Williams Show,’ she talked about her weight loss (part two airs tomorrow).
“I’ve been looking at a lot of pictures and I was sayin’ ‘You are entirely too fat for words.’ (laughter) I’m getting close to my normal weight I’m only a dress size away now. I was doing everything you could do to lose that weight, and it’s hard, it just really hard. When you really love food and when you’ve done a high energy concert you know a carrot is not going to work. A piece of celery is not going to work. You can’t continue eating things that will hurt you, eventually.”
WW – Do you mind if I ask you how many pounds you’ve lost?
AF – Altogether? I would say it’s about 85 pounds.
WW – Good for you!
AF – You know, it was gradual.
WW – That’s the way it’s supposed to be that’s the only way it stays off. I wanna talk about your health. Recently you had a health scare. From what I heard you had a pain in your side?
AF – Yes, that was my first inkling that something was not what it should be. The pain was so hard, though, that it almost brought me to my knees. And then maybe a month or so after that I was in Boston in concert and then I got another pain in the side. So I said, ‘The concerts are over. I have to go and find out what is wrong.’
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