Everyone has been gushing over how amazing Chaka Khan looks, especially after the singer dropped a reported 60 pounds this year, but she’s not trippin.’ In an interview with The Huffington Post, Chaka was asked how she feels about the mixed reaction to her weight loss and being labeled a sex symbol, and she replied:
“I’ve always been a sex symbol. When I was fat I was a sex symbol. Some men like it that, you know. But I don’t think about that. That’s so far from my mind right now [Laughs].”
Alright then, Chaka. She also said she isn’t paying the weight loss surgery rumors any mind either.
“They can say whatever they want. Only I know what’s really going on. My weight loss had to occur, because I was diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes and I also had high blood pressure. And I’ve been on medication for that since last year until the beginning of this year. And I ended up going, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, this is enough. I can’t live like this.’ And I have a new little daughter to raise [my granddaughter], I adopted her so I have to be here. … [She] was really my first and major influence to lose weight and get healthy so I can be here for her. What I did was stopped eating and went on a strict unconditional fast for a couple of months. And went off meat, became vegan, stopped all the dairy, stopped all the meat.”
With that out of the way, Chaka told the reporter what is on her mind, which is capitalizing on the recent surge in interest in the ’70s funk singer. She was asked whether she’d be recording for any new blockbuster hits anytime soon, like she did in the past covering a few James Bond themes, and she replied:
“I certainly hope so. A lot of doors have opened significantly for me since I dropped the weight. And I have mixed reactions to that, but I’m going to strike the iron while it’s hot. So there’s been lots of meetings with lots of people. I’m coming out with a perfume line called, Khanasutra, a line of candles, and Chaka Lips for the holidays.
Ms. Khan also has a new album in the works, with plans to drop a few singles over the summer. The finished product won’t be out until next year, but when it hits, it will mark the 59-year-old’s 40th anniversary in the musicbusiness.
“Yes, it’s a big moment for me,” she said. “I’m still in the mix, still doing it. And even a lot better now, because I’m in much better shape than I was in the last 10 years. So everything is going really well.”‘
It’s good to see she’s still doing her thing!