Soul legend Aretha Franklin has opened up about her recent bout of ill health, but still refuses to divulge why she was hospitalised last month.
Franklin, 68, underwent surgery for an undisclosed health problem in December.
“The surgery was highly successful,” Franklin, said in a statement at the time. “God is still in control. I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country. God bless you all for your prayers!”
Reports soon surfaced that the star was suffering from pancreatic cancer – which the singer refused to confirm nor deny.
“I am not going to even deal with that,” Franklin now tells JET of the cancer reports.
“I don’t have to talk about my health with anybody other than my doctors,” she says, adding, “The problem has been resolved.”
She also encourages her fans to look after their health, “If there is anything happening with you that is uncommon and something that you know should not be happening, go to your doctor. Be determined to find out what is going on.”
The singer recalls having “a very hard pain in my side” during a concert in Toronto, Canada, last year, which promoted her need to seek medical help.
She said, “I had a colonoscopy and it showed nothing was wrong. I associated the pain in my side with the colonoscopy that I had within a day or two before. I got up at 2 o’clock in the morning and called the doctor who did the colonoscopy and told him what was happening. He said, ‘Miss Franklin, whatever it is, it is not from the colonoscopy. You need to come home and have a CAT-scan.’
“Thank God he said that because that unfolded everything, what the problem was and everything.”
Franklin closed her interview with a message for her fans, “I know my fans are concerned. Let them know I am feeling great and coming along.
“I want to thank my fans and friends and supporters who have prayed for me and sent me beautiful cards and flowers. Please continue to respect my privacy as I continue to recover.”