Freddie Jackson’s doing fine

Freddie Jackson is brushing off speculation that his new physique is due to a medical condition.







    Freddie Jackson is brushing off speculation that his new physique is due to a medical condition.

    When Freddie took the stage in Atlanta to perform at the Soul Train Awards this year, people were surprised to see how much weight he’d lost. Immediately, people began to whisper about what might be behind his weight loss—there were even rumors that he’d had a kidney transplant.

    Freddie told S2S, though, that nothing could be further from the truth. “Why can’t a Black man just lose weight without having to die of AIDS or having a kidney problem?” he asked when told about all the hearsay.

    “I don’t have a kidney problem. Freddie Jackson just went on a diet,” said Freddie, who wanted to slim down in order to avoid ailments like diabetes. “I am healthy. I just went on a diet.”

    The “You Are My Lady” singer decided to change his look more than a decade ago after taking a long hard look in the mirror.  When he realized that he had 46-inch waist, he put a plan together that included a low-carb diet.

    Of course, he knew that changing his eating habits would only get him so far.

    “I was swimming, walking, flexing. I did all the things I could do before I turned 50. I didn’t want to be a big, fat, overweight singer,” Freddie said. “I did what I could do for myself to make my appearance right.”
    He added, “What you saw on TV was a life-changing situation that makes me look good to be 53 years old.”
    All told, it took Freddie nearly 11 years to become that man that stepped out on stage in Atlanta last month.  He couldn’t have been happier to unveil his new look while getting a chance to catch up with old friends backstage at the Soul Train Awards.
    “It just made me feel so good to see people that I had not seen in a long time face to face. It was a remarkable experience for me, and one that I am getting myself ready for more of,” he said.
    To see Freddie’s new physique with your own eyes, you can see him at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York on February 14. Freddie will soothe fan with some of his signature hits then excite them with a few songs from his new album For You.

    If you can’t wait that long to hear Freddie’s satiny voice, pick up a copy of For You, at stores and online retailers now.



    – Sonya Eskridge




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