By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
AP Entertainment Writer
Aretha Franklin won’t say what caused her latest health problems, but says she’s had a “miraculous” recovery and is looking forward to performing soon.
The 71-year-old Queen of Soul has canceled several concerts and public appearances over the last few months due to unspecified health concerns. On Monday, she said she was unable to personally accept an award honoring her work with civil rights from Major League Baseball on Saturday in Chicago.
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.”
But she said it was very common to women and “I just had to deal with it.” She said it was partly related to the health concern she had about three years ago that led her to cancel shows at that time.
Franklin acknowledged that she had worries about her health.
Franklin said she’s been spending her time resting, eating right and taking better care of herself, which has led to a decline in her blood pressure.
She said she’s looking forward to performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in February but isn’t rushing back to the stage.
Franklin is also planning another album.
But she seemed most disappointed that she won’t be able to go to next week’s U.S. Open tennis championships in New York City, where she planned to make a bit of a fashion statement.
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