Aretha Franklin – the Queen of soul is looking slimmer and healthier than she has in many years despite being rumored to be suffering from pancreatic cancer.
The diva underwent surgery at the end of last year in order to rectify an undisclosed illness, but Aretha later rubbished the rumor that she was suffering from incurable pancreatic cancer during an interview with Access Hollywood. “I don’t know where ‘pancreatic cancer’ came from, I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that. No one in my family ever said that to anybody,” says the chanteuse.
One she had deflated the pancreatic cancer rumor, a new rumor surfaced that she had undergone gastric bypass surgery due to her appearing svelte and healthy having shed 25lbs.
Franklin who turns 69 next month, revealed that she would like to reach a size 16 by her 69th birthday.
In order to reach her ideal weight, the R&B queen cut chemically treated foods from her diet and ensured that she drank plenty of water to flush the toxins from her body.
“I used to have hamburgers coming and going, especially when I was on the road,” Franklin said. “Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum. I am now opting for salads and just healthier lunches.”