March 1st, 2011
02:32 PM ET
Aretha Franklin: I've lost 25 pounds
Aretha Franklin has dropped 25 pounds since undergoing surgery in December, and now the music legend is revealing how she managed to drop three dress sizes.
"I go to the healthier foods that are less chemically treated," the Queen of Soul tells Jet magazine. "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 has been eating more vegetables, including the "Aretha Salad" — radishes, tomatoes, red onions, olives, carrots, shredded cheese, ranch dressing and lemon — but she still indulges from time to time.
"I used to have hamburgers coming and going, especially when I was on the road," she says. "Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum."
The superstar, who works out with a personal trainer and walks on a treadmill three to four times a week, is aiming to whittle herself down to a size 16 by her 69th birthday on March 25.
"It's a new chapter in my life," says Franklin, who feels "sassier" as she peels off the pounds. "It's a brand new me. I am still the same but with some changes."
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Best wishes to the QUEEN OF SOUL! I am and always have been a fan of ARETHA FRANKLIN. I came up with her music and her shows. I saw her almost everytime she came to ATLANTA, GA. I have all of her albums! You heard me? 'ALBUMS', not just her CDs! I'm 'real old school'! I'm 63 years old! May GOD continue to bless you ARETHA, I love ya, GIRL!
Stop hatin on the Queen of Soul. She is healthier and happier. I wish her the best of luck.
It's a process for Aretha. What we have say means nothing. I was just surprised to see the spelling mistakes that accompanied the rude,thoughtless, negative, unkind and downright cruel comments. We all have our issues and it appears easier to focus our attention on others than to look at own selves
I'm so glad for Aretha!! I hope she is doin fine,if she does have cancer,i hope not! and for the ignorant & racial comments go and stand out in traffic! you're lucky yall coward,trailer park,ghetto ass hidin behind ur computer!! If u were standing in front of me talking crazy about Aretha,it would be trouble i promise! bring it cowards trust me im not afraid i wont give u the opportunity to get it out of yourr mouth!
I just want to say I am glad she is losing the weight whatever makes her happy and feel good about herself
Looking at recent pictures of aretha she looks like she lost more than 25lbs!maybe she lost at least 125 to 135..i mean cause even her breast has went down!but she does look good !!!!!!
I grew up with Aretha in The Motor City she is a beautiful person inside & outside your Prayers are needed and not Insults
Go ahead queen of soul keep losing that weight.God bless you.
Aretha, you know I love you, but you have lost a lot more than 25 pds. Maybe 75 pds, but not JUST 25. Why not admit it?
Congratulation Ms. Aretha. Keep it up and do not allow the negative comment to distract you
I'm happy for her weight lost, she needs to keep away from dead animals and eat a vegan burger instead. That will keep the pounds off and prevent colon cancer.
Sad world we live in
Everyone is fair game now I see. Even someone fighting a major illness
Some people wouldnt make the ignorent comments said if they couldn't hide behind an e mail?? I bet they all have weight issues themselves! Looks like she has had a gastric by pass tho to lose.her weight?
OMG She looks horrible. Put back the 25 and add 10 more, Some people look alot better and healthier if they stay chubby. Go Girl, eat the twinkie and smile sunshine.
lol, you are wrong for that!!! you made me spit out my coffee!!
I'm SO GLAD that Queen Aretha is losing weight! I have lost 100lbs in the past year myself & I know it makes a tremendous difference in your overall health. I have been amazed & inspired by her voice since I was a child, & I wish her the very best of continuing good health. When she's ready, I hope she can get out more & perform for her loyal subjects! God's blessings to her!
I love rere, but it's called gastric bypasss surgery.
I can't imagine Ms. Franklin being an eligible candidate for a gastric bypass, given her age and health issues. Then again, cebrities tend to play by different rules and there's always a doctor willing to say yes, isn't there.
We can be so mean without recognizing the damage we do through our words, thoughts and deeds towards others.
Good, shoulda been started that!! I'm pretty sure you saw yourself in the mirror, lookin a tad bit BIG! Now continue in ur weight loss!
What amazing person you are. I love your music,keep hope,encouragement and strength.but most of all keep "GOD FIRST" in your life.he will guide you through.
Good for Aretha for finely taking steps towards getting healthy. Why doesn't she just admit that she had weight loss surgery. Come on now. You don't become the incredible shrinking woman after "mystery" surgery with out it being bypass or banding. She shouldn't be ashamed about needing to take those steps. She looks like more of a fool with her denials, rather than, embracing her new choices.
You "CAWF"s and "IAN"s...just some nice little words i use to describe how i feel about crazy clueless folk its feels a bit better on my conscience when i dont use offensive...careful though i believe ive been found out...."CAWF" ...say it really loud and wrong like a large colorless hen....
Streisand is better.
Aretha sang The National Anthem at The Matt Lauer Roast for The Friars Club, and she played a grand piano, as well. It was the most incredible, haunting thing I've ever heard. She is amazing.
Aretha! You're BEAUTIFUL inside & out. I LOVE your VOICE...It is UNMATCHED! You're one of a kind; QUEEN OF SOUL, and very much LOVED by many; especially me! May GOD continue to BLESS YOU & may HEAVEN always SMILE upon YOU! PEACE & LOVE 4 1ANOTHER!:):):)
GOD bless u n your full recovery. I'm so delighted to hear of your weightloss!!!!GREAT JOB!!! May Jesus hold your hand till u r well and even after that.
I am sending peace, light, encouragement, & many blessings as I pray for a full recovery for the "Queen of Soul". =)
I love re-re for that
25 pounds down...85 more to go! Bwah haa haaaaa!
I love you Aretha & I pray all is well...but I don't believe for a second that you only lost 25Lbs. You look like you lost at least 70+ Lbs..
I like Aretha a lot, but this publicity is not helping her... I think she might have lost at least 125 lbs., not 25libs.
Why the lie? Anybody can see it, people are not stupid!
Anyways, good for her. It's not everybody's business what kind of surgery she had, but it's also stupid from her to keep that surgery "a mistery".
I am appalled by so many of the comments. I am just amazed by the continued existence of such blatant racism and downright ugly behavior. Many of you need seripus help. Get it!
I wish you continued seccuss,in you your weight losing journey,i know first hand how difficult it can be,God bless and be healthy.......25 lbs,hhhhhoooorrrrrrraaaaaayyyyyyy,.....way to go, Ms.Franklin.......
Give Aretha a break!
God bless her for trying to do something positive. As for all the negative folks remember you reap what you sow...guaranteed!
People will say or post anything to get attention. There's no doubt in my mind that the people cracking jokes about Aretha's size are themselves 250 to 400 pounds. Otherwise they wouldn't be such awesome authorities on the subject of fatbback, gravy, and other gut-bloating foods. One thing about it, Aretha can lose the weight & look & feel much better. But for you jokesters, ugly is permanent. So, go figure. As for the racists, unfortunately those comments are coming mostly from other uneducated, stupid black folks who just want to see people get excited & bent out of shape. So, there you have it. Intelligent people, LEAVE THESE FOOLS ALONE!!!!! THEY'RE NOT WORTHY OF A RESPONSE!! God bless you, Aretha! God, please bless America!!!!!
@ D .. Are you having a bad day? lol 🙂
lol as a matter of fact I was...I'm usually not that mean I feel bad..
May you all have a good night!
Better to be consumed with Christian beliefs than to be consumed with the the world beliefs. Christianty is a religion and religion
divde and bring division.(god look at worshippers not religion) Its better to believe that the lord is real than die and found out he really do exsist, than its to late. Stop hatin and learn to love! People read his word and take a look at yourself and all around you.
I wish that I could sing like Aretha!!!
What a beautiful voice!
All I have to say is God does not like ugly your accountable for every word that comes out of your mouth.
Your still fat
and you still suck.
Did any of u think about when the articlw was written.....most magazines are published 2 – 3 months in advance ..... there is no need for the neg comments.....
Why is she wearing a lamp on her head?
It's easy to poke fun, but in this era of terrible, terrible music, the woman is a national treasure.
To all the people with the stupid insults, I pray God take care of you. For you shall reap what you sew. God bless AF
"Love the "Village Idiots" comment. Classic!"
Go girl! Recommend trying sommersize diet, you'll be a new person. Trust me and contact Susane Summers for the latest.
Aretha has cancer and that can cause major weight loss. no sane doctor would perform lapband or gastric when someone has cancer. (Village idiots!)
Exactly! That's the reality and people need to realize that.
She is one of the most amazing artist ever lived. who cares if shes overweight or not. her voice speaks volumes. its just so sad tht society is so childish tht they cant look past her weight... give credit where credit is due. she is truely an icon to us. we love u!!
If some of these posters with vile, insulting comments here and on other stories had half of a life they would censor themsleves before they posted any remarks. Shame, shame on little minded folk. Pray for our troops and one another.
There is a god! You will be begging for god on your death bed nano.
Its funny how it says that comments are moderated by CNN. I really don't think they are. CNN how can let all these ignorant postings remain on the website? Yes I know all about freedom of speech, but there is also a clear line between right and wrong.
Now in relation to the story, good for Aretha losing weight. Its more than what some people have lost or even attempted to lose. Now if the weight loss is for an illness, then my prayers to you.
For all the people with negative comments, one day you maybe diagnose with a deadly illness and may not find your ignorance and stupid a$$ comments funny. @ the racist people on here, you are mad because she eats better than your trailor trash a$$. Smh hate to see blacks doing better than you!
There is no god idiots.
I was waiting for another atheist to insist on pretending the no-God view must be espoused or else the view is wrong. Grow up. Free country. Believe your crap and leave others alone. Why are you so consumed with Christian beliefs? LEAVE US ALONE!
Interesting how some people are still overcome with ignorance. I guess it's easy to sit at a computer and hide. Cowards!
Who cares? People do that everyday in the US. How bout you drop another 80-100 PIG!
Does it really matter how she lost the weight? Who gives a crap if she had gastric bypass or just changed her eating habits and excercised. I'm not a fan of her music, but happy for her losing weight. I don't think her story is news worthy either. The entertainment writers must be sick of reporting on Charlie Sheen and his tacky girlfriends.
Fire burn all the insults ! Love to GOD THE FATHER for the gift of The One and Only Queen of Soul ! You are truly blessed and the legacy you will leave behind will be one that no one else could ever live up to or compare themselves with ! GOD truly Blessed us with your Father, your son and hopefully any Grands or Great Grands who will follow in your footsteps. Thank You Aretha.
Another obeseJiggaboo in the news...Is she on a fried chicken and watermelon diet? Does she even bother to chew her food anymore or maybe she has an I.V. drip of gravy 24 hours a day.Sheesh
Now that is FUNNY...and I'm black
Aretha Fatkins is gonna die as soon as she gets to a size 16. Maybe before then
Its a shame u insulting people wasnt even born when this icon was in the trenches during civil rights just to name a few.she is love
Baby elephans don't sing that good !
Dang really D?
Sorry bad day today I was angry when I came on earlier
That was meant for Chinagirl71-for any confusion
Gee, do you work for CNN? You seem unhappy...... : (
Shut the F- up!
Like Aretha is the only overweight celeb. The lady is a treasure. I hope she is well. And good for her choosing a healthy lifestyle.
At least get someone to get the racist comments. Those really shouldn't be here anyways.
"Grow up you ignorant morons! And to the CEO's at CNN; stop being cheap and hire someone to monitor the sick comments people post!"
Like any of us would come here if not for stupid comments. That's all CNN has going for it. What else are we gonna do here? Read the news? Laff.
The real America can be found right here on CNN's comment sections. Some of you people are just sad and ignorant. You would never have the guts to spew such ignorance if you weren't hiding behind your computers.
CNN, you really should get a moderator.
Some of you need to grow up and get a life. If you dont have nothing good to say,dont say nothing.
Shame on you, CNN, you left off part of the Aretha Salad ingredients. It also has brown gravy, bacon fat, and snickers bars.
One of the greatest American Vocalists, who has created one of our classics.. (trust me, i do live shows, and i know what happens every nite that RESPECT is sung, whether it be karoke, wedding bands or mime) and half the people here
only have negative unkind things to say. Its no wonder this is a country that can create a character like "Bernie Madoff"
who still thinks hes a nice guy.
Grow up folks, and get a heart.
Afrigginmen! Well said!
Wow! Good for her! I actually thought she was dying, but she was just losing weight lol
I guess you don't understand the cancer disease. Many of us don't until we lose a loved one to it.
It's quite unfortunate but cancer is the worst type of weight loss to have. I think we should all just respect her privacy and her as a person. I hope she doesn't lose to much more weight.
Um....correction her pr/handlers released a statement a while back stating the she did not have cancer....
Her pr handlers can try to retract all they want. Simply because it's none of our business anyway but the truth is obvious to those who know about the ugly disease.
I agree with whoever stated she's lost more than 25 pounds. When they showed her during the grammies, I couldn't believe how much weight she had lost. For a long time, her Wikipedia page stated she had pancreatic cancer, now it says it was a "minor surgery." I think she just wants privacy. I hope the weight-loss is because she's chosing to lose weight, and that its not something more serious.
I honestly believe it is more serious. Looking at her most recent photo reminds me of my mom illness (pancreatic cancer) who lost so much weight after the cancer became more aggressive. It's strange but that type of cancer can be slow growing but after it spreads ( stage4) only prayers are needed and not insults.
Another Star Jones type of lie..AF knows damn well she got some kind of gastric surgery
I nice thing happens to someone and most here have nothing good to say. "God don't like ugly" folks. Keep it up Aretha- we love you!
I believe that over the years Ms Franklin got caught up in an an emotionally destructive rut. She now will have to do so much more than lose the weight, she has to learn to care for herself all over again. We are making fun of someone who obviously has been emotionally damaged and now she's trying to do something different. Let's be encouraging
So happy for you, keep going be consistent, the body is amazing in it's. Ability to bounce back and very forgiving
Be Blessed Ms Aretha, take care of yourself!
She's so fat that when they cut into her for this "Surgery" gravy poured out.
I will admit it was a lot better than the other guy's "obese ape" comment.
Jerk! Grow up!
I think you mean weed smoke
Way to go Aretha!!
Way to go Aretha! I can't believe the insults that some people make. How disappointing. Geez people. Why can't there be a 'feel-good' story without all the insults!?
Another good story from CNN....
FOR ME TO POOP ON!
She should try using a different shampoo. I've been using a shampoo for xtra volume and body and I think that's what is causing my xtra body!!! Ha ha
Holy crap! I just saw the picture for this article and thought it was about an obese ape wearing a wig and hat! After reading it, I see its actually about an obese ape wearing a wig and hat, that lost 25 pounds. Amazing!!
If you're going to insult someone, at least make it funny. That was boring as hell.
I just think this is someone that really doesn't like themself so they talk about others.
Lol soooo funny
Who put that eyeliner on like that....LOL...God Bless her!
Yeah, she lost 25 lbs...from her belly to her booty.
Keep it up Aretha.
Did CNN bother to find out when Aretha gave that interview to Jet? The reason I ask is if the images from the Grammy's are any indication she has lost more then 25 pounds. The interview with Jet had to have been given sometime fairly soon after her surgery for her to have only lost 25 pounds at the time of the interview.
She sure waited long enough. I hope she keeps it up.
Word on the street in Detroit is that she really is sick but in denial. This isn't gastric folks. Aretha has a fighting spirit. I hope she beats this.
ummm... no. She lost way more than 25lbs. We saw her video at the grammys and she lost a person. This doesn't even make sense. How can you report she lost 25 lbs AND three dress sizes? Only someone who started at maybe a size 6 can lose 25lbs and get to a size 0.... not someone who's a size 26 to a size 20.
I was about to post the same. Not only did Aretha look like she lost 80-100 lbs, she looked sickly as well.
I am praying that she will be able to begin performing again. Her gift has brought alot of joy to many people.
She had cancer!
did she have gastric bypass surgery?
She has a mysterious surgery- I'm guessing it was gastric or a lap band.
Aretha loses 25 every time she takes a dump.
You obviously have never taken a dump JR. You are 200 pounds of STUPID SH!T!
@JR, you win the internets! Hilarious.
This remark shouldn't be funny, but it is. Lol.
Good for her.