*In an interview with Access Hollywood, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin emphatically says she did NOT have gastric bypass surgery.
“Definitely not – and would not,” Franklin, 68, tells Access Hollywood in a two-part interview to air Monday and Tuesday. “I heard that [rumor]. I said, ‘That is crazy.’ ”
Since undergoing a mysterious surgical procedure in December for reasons she refuses to reveal,
Since her mysterious surgery in December, Franklin’s health and weight loss have been the subjects of a lot of speculation. In January, she said she was “not going to even deal with” rumors that she had pancreatic cancer.
In the interview with “Access,” she did offer a small clue saying only that the weight came off “from the surgery that I had,” although she did not specify the procedure.
“But it definitely was not the bariatric or, what is it, gastric by- – Yeah, I can’t even tell you the correct name of it,” she says, adding, “It’s really not necessary to talk about one’s personal medical [health].”
Franklin says the surgery was life changing and lengthening.
“The doctor did say to me, he said, ‘Mrs. Franklin, you are going to feel better than you have felt maybe in 10 or 15 years,'” she says.” ‘The surgery that you had is going to add 15 years to your life.'”