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Aretha Franklin: Weight Loss Not Due to Gastric Bypass

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Aretha Franklin recently lost 85 pounds and denies it is due to gastric bypass surgery.

“Definitely not — and would not,” Franklin, 68, told Access Hollywood when quizzed about the gastric band rumors.

“I heard that [rumor]. I said, ‘That is crazy.’”

 

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Aretha was admitted to the hospital in December for a mysterious surgical procedure for reasons she refuses to reveal, saying she was “not going to even deal with” rumors that she had pancreatic cancer, and that the 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].”