'The Queen of Soul,' Aretha Louise Franklin, stunned many during her satellite appearance at the 2011 Grammy Awards, held a few weeks ago. The 18-time Grammy winner was being honored by the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride and Yolanda Adams. Following a musical tribute, she graciously spoke, donning a considerably smaller frame.
After having a major, undisclosed surgery back in December, Aretha cleared up rumors that her hospitalization was related to pancreatic cancer, as was being reported. Speculations were then lent to the "mystery" procedure being that of gastric bypass, a popular weight loss surgery. A claim that she has neither denied, nor confirmed.
Whether it was surgery that directly or indirectly brought her to this point, Ms. Franklin is quite vocal about her past eating habits and is wholly conscience that she could no longer continue thriving, with poor health. With her new lifestyle, the 68 year old hits the track for at least a mile, three times a week and has chucked the deuces at pork (ham hocks and chitterlings, specifically) and other unhealthy items:
"They're off my diet. They just really don't fit with whole foods," she said. "I had it for enough years that I don't miss it. You can't continue to eat things that are not good for you." She added, "I've gotta do a fresh fruit thing ... and come up with some tasty and satisfying recipes that are going to work for me after concerts."Scheduled this May to begin touring for the release of her new album entitled "Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love," she assures fans and admirers that she is "back at 150%!"
Okay, Aretha ... with that Maury Show percentage, work it!