At almost 60, Chaka Khan is healthier than she’s been in years, and her granddaughter helped motivate her.
“I adopted my granddaughter, who’s 10,” she said. “How are you going raise this child if you’re on your way out?”
Along with one of her sisters, Chaka is raising her son’s daughter, Daija, but she hasn’t settled into motherhood. Chaka is still touring and performing regularly.
That hectic schedule was also a factor in her decision to get healthy and lose 60 pounds.
“I had Type 2 Diabetes. I had high blood pressure, and I was just tired of getting up every day and making sure I had enough medication to go on the road, worrying about breaking out in sweats, getting tired,” she told an audience during T.D. Jakes’ 35th anniversary gala.
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—Tracy L. Scott