Despite news reports that The Queen of Soul is battling pancreatic cancer, Aretha Franklin is refusing to divulge details on what health issues she has been fighting.
“I am not one to do a lot of talking about my personal health or business,” Franklin said an exclusive interview with Jet magazine. “There are a lot of people who will talk about anything as long as there is somebody listening, but I am not one of those people. That’s not Aretha,” the 20-time Grammy Award winner stated.
The ‘Respect’ singer revealed that “the problem has been resolved” but refused to confirm if that problem is, in fact, cancer. She stated, “I don’t have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors.”
While performing at a concert in Toronto last year, the legendary soul singer recalled having a very hard pain on her side following a colonoscopy. Although she says initial tests showed nothing, a CAT scan revealed what the problem was.
She advises people to follow her lead and “go to your doctor” when things occur with your health that are uncommon.
The 68-year-old vocal powerhouse says she decided to speak to Jet magazine because she knows how worried her fans have been. “I want to thank my fans and friends and supporters who have prayed for me and sent me beautiful cards and flowers,” she said. “Let them know I am feeling great and coming along.”
She added, “Please continue to respect my privacy as I continue to recover.”
This marks Franklin’s third interview with the black-owned newsweekly magazine since being released from the hospital in December. She is currently recovering at home in Detroit.