Aretha Franklin: I've lost 25 pounds
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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  1. Luciano Kautz

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    June 9, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ms Liz

    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!

    March 4, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JennyG.

    Stop hatin on the Queen of Soul. She is healthier and happier. I wish her the best of luck.

    March 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Linda

    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

    March 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. msdiva

    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!

    March 2, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. artis

    I just want to say I am glad she is losing the weight whatever makes her happy and feel good about herself

    March 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. janets fanet

    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 !!!!!!

    March 2, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |

    I grew up with Aretha in The Motor City she is a beautiful person inside & outside your Prayers are needed and not Insults

    March 2, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. samuel thompson

    Go ahead queen of soul keep losing that weight.God bless you.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tai

    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?

    March 2, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Name* Khadija Tejan Tunkara

    Congratulation Ms. Aretha. Keep it up and do not allow the negative comment to distract you

    March 2, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. solsista

    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.

    March 2, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Name*Guest

    Sad world we live in

    March 2, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Name*Guest

    Everyone is fair game now I see. Even someone fighting a major illness

    March 2, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. l

    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?

    March 2, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  16. Tony Cipolla

    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.

    March 2, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  17. Cheryl Jennings

    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!

    March 2, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  18. kadaj

    I love rere, but it's called gastric bypasss surgery.

    March 2, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  19. My Name is Mud

    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.

    March 2, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  20. Linda

    We can be so mean without recognizing the damage we do through our words, thoughts and deeds towards others.

    March 2, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  21. sasseone

    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!

    March 2, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  22. C.STOVALL.

    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.

    March 2, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  23. Jamey Botts

    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.

    March 2, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  24. flowerchild

    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....

    March 2, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jerry

    Streisand is better.

    March 2, 2011 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  26. TheJokeWriter

    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.

    March 2, 2011 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  27. A.D.B.

    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!:):):)

    March 2, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  28. Marilyn

    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.

    March 2, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  29. Name*Tamieka

    I am sending peace, light, encouragement, & many blessings as I pray for a full recovery for the "Queen of Soul". =)

    March 2, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  30. Name*ty

    I love re-re for that

    March 2, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  31. Jen

    25 pounds down...85 more to go! Bwah haa haaaaa!

    March 2, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  32. Bell

    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..

    March 2, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  33. Norma

    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".

    March 2, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  34. matt

    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!

    March 2, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  35. Wally

    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.......

    March 2, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  36. ;udson

    Give Aretha a break!

    March 2, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  37. Big L

    God bless her for trying to do something positive. As for all the negative folks remember you reap what you sow...guaranteed!

    March 1, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Blessed

    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!!!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Lace

    @ D .. Are you having a bad day? lol 🙂

    March 1, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Emily Swansea ma

    May you all have a good night!

    March 1, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  41. peaches

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Emily Swansea ma

    I wish that I could sing like Aretha!!!

    March 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Emily Swansea ma

    What a beautiful voice!

    March 1, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |

    All I have to say is God does not like ugly your accountable for every word that comes out of your mouth.

    March 1, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  45. garrett

    Your still fat
    and you still suck.

    March 1, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  46. K c

    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.....

    March 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Yogi

    Why is she wearing a lamp on her head?

    March 1, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Wilder

    It's easy to poke fun, but in this era of terrible, terrible music, the woman is a national treasure.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  49. lee jay

    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

    March 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Chinagirl71

    To Elaine;
    "Love the "Village Idiots" comment. Classic!"

    March 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Misha

    Go girl! Recommend trying sommersize diet, you'll be a new person. Trust me and contact Susane Summers for the latest.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  52. elaine

    Aretha has cancer and that can cause major weight loss. no sane doctor would perform lapband or gastric when someone has cancer. (Village idiots!)

    March 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  53. skylar

    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!!

    March 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Phylipz

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Sam

    There is a god! You will be begging for god on your death bed nano.

    March 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  56. queen_b

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Sam

    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!

    March 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  58. nanos

    There is no god idiots.

    March 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      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!

      March 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Lefty

    Interesting how some people are still overcome with ignorance. I guess it's easy to sit at a computer and hide. Cowards!

    March 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  60. cuhn

    Who cares? People do that everyday in the US. How bout you drop another 80-100 PIG!

    March 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Neo Amish

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Darrell Holley

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Kapow

    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

    March 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  64. nanos

    Aretha Fatkins is gonna die as soon as she gets to a size 16. Maybe before then

    March 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  65. dog forever

    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

    March 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  66. carlos

    Baby elephans don't sing that good !

    March 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Superhiro

    Dang really D?

    March 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  68. D

    That was meant for Chinagirl71-for any confusion

    March 1, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  69. D

    Shut the F- up!

    March 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  70. jakki

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Superhiro

    At least get someone to get the racist comments. Those really shouldn't be here anyways.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Chinagirl71

    "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!"

    March 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Superhiro

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Sam

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  75. twade

    Some of you need to grow up and get a life. If you dont have nothing good to say,dont say nothing.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Steven Seagal

    Shame on you, CNN, you left off part of the Aretha Salad ingredients. It also has brown gravy, bacon fat, and snickers bars.

    March 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  77. ER

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Frank

    Wow! Good for her! I actually thought she was dying, but she was just losing weight lol

    March 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Ms Maya

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ladybug

      Um....correction her pr/handlers released a statement a while back stating the she did not have cancer....

      March 2, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Ms Maya

      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.

      March 2, 2011 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  80. jebsa

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ms Maya

      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.

      March 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  81. battergrl

    Another Star Jones type of lie..AF knows damn well she got some kind of gastric surgery

    March 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  82. White guy Al

    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!

    March 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Linda

    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

    March 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  84. DianaCarole Hart

    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!

    March 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  85. portalpunk

    She's so fat that when they cut into her for this "Surgery" gravy poured out.

    March 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  86. channie

    Way to go Aretha!!

    March 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  87. channie

    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!?

    March 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Triumph

    Another good story from CNN....

    March 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Kathy

    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

    March 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Woweewow

    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!!

    March 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Jaye

    Who put that eyeliner on like that....LOL...God Bless her!

    March 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Be Quiet

    Yeah, she lost 25 lbs...from her belly to her booty.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Keith

    Keep it up Aretha.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  94. AnthonyC

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Money Talks

    She sure waited long enough. I hope she keeps it up.

    March 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valencia

      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.

      March 2, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  96. justme

    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.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ike

      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.

      March 2, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Guest

      She had cancer!

      March 2, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  97. WLM

    did she have gastric bypass surgery?

    March 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • jillmarie

      She has a mysterious surgery- I'm guessing it was gastric or a lap band.

      March 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  98. JR

    Aretha loses 25 every time she takes a dump.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Superhiro

    Good for her.

    March 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |

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