Aretha Franklin reveals she has lost 85 pounds

Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 20:19 PM IST

Washington: Legendary singer Aretha Franklin has revealed that she has lost 85 pounds as part of an ongoing effort to shed weight.

The ‘Queen of Soul’ said in a taped interview that aired Wednesday on "The Wendy Williams Show that she has been trying to shed pounds ever since looking at pictures of herself and deciding she was "entirely too fat."

The 68-year-old star underwent surgery for an undisclosed ailment in December and didn’t go into detail about it during the interview with Williams, reports Fox News.

She did say a recurring pain in her side last year was her "first inkling that something was not what it should be."