retha Franklin won’t say what caused her latest health problems, but she says she has had a “miraculous” recovery and is looking forward to performing soon.
“My treatments are going very well. My last CAT scan, my doctor at the CAT scan and everyone who sees this says that this is miraculous, absolutely miraculous,” Franklin said in a phone interview Tuesday with the Associated Press.
“I was talking to Smokey Robinson, my oldest best friend Smokey, talking about the fact that some doctors are not very well-acquainted with faith healing. And Smokey said, ‘Well, they just don’t know who your healer is.’ ”
The 71-year-old Queen of Soul has canceled several concerts and public appearances over the last few months because of unspecified health concerns. When asked directly what her health concern was, Franklin declined to go into specifics: “I’m not one to go into my personal health things,” she said. However, she said her health issue was common to women and “I just had to deal with it.”
Franklin said she has been spending her time resting, eating right and taking better care of herself, which has led to a decline in her blood pressure. She’s also planning another album.
“I can’t wait for that,” she said. “They’re working on the tracks now.”