After suffering from an undisclosed illness, Aretha Franklin says she is feeling “85 percent better” and ready to work on new music.
Franklin has kept mum about her recent health problems, which have caused her to cancel numerous shows and appearances, including a luncheon this Saturday (Aug. 24) in Chicago where she was slated to receive an award from Major League Baseball for her civil rights work. However, in an interview with the Associated Press (via Billboard) that ran yesterday (Aug. 20), Franklin noted that her condition is improving.
“My treatments are going very well,” she said. “My last CAT scan, my doctor at the CAT scan and everyone who sees this says that this is miraculous, absolutely miraculous.”
She also gave some insight into her unknown illness, explaining that it is very common among women and partly related to a previous, also undisclosed, health issue from three years ago.
The Queen of Soul chalks up her improved health to eating right and taking better care of herself, which has led to a decline in her blood pressure. She also says her faith has helped her.