*Soul icon Aretha Franklin tells Jet magazine that she will soon reveal the details behind her recent surgery at a Detroit hospital.
Franklin told the magazine that friends know she is “a lot more than the girl in the pink Cadillac on the Freeway of Love who also sings about Respect” and that they have prayed for her “without ceasing.”
The 68-year-old had canceled concert dates and personal appearances through May before an undisclosed surgical procedure earlier this month. She said in a statement Wednesday that she had been home from the hospital for three days and that she has a private nurse.
While the Queen of Soul has remained quiet about the nature of her illness, the National Enquirer, the Detroit News and Detroit’s Fox News affiliate have all reported that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In her first interview since the surgery, Franklin tells Jet she will have more to say on her diagnosis shortly.
“I am putting Aretha together first. We will put Ree Ree together first. This is Aretha time to do whatever it is that I need to do. But I will talk more later,” Franklin said.
The Queen of Soul said doctors have ordered eight weeks of rest.
“The doctors say I can do whatever I feel like I am up to do. Of course, that doesn’t mean any concerts or anything like that. But I can do things around the house, and today I am just piddling around the house,” she said.