The uncontested Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has spent the last few months recovering from an unknown illness that has caused her to cancel a string of concerts to undergo surgery.
While the 69 year-old icon has remained mum on the details surrounding her sickness, Franklin insists that she is feeling much better and has since compiled a “bucket list” of things to do before she dies.
What’s on the list you ask?
In true diva fashion, Franklin plans to do it big. Some highlights from the list include a vacation to Egypt and a starring role on the New York stage.
In a recent sit down with People Magazine, Franklin said, “I’m going to sail the Nile before it’s all over. I would like to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx…I want to do Broadway – on my terms.”
What list would be complete without a royal engagement with Queen Elizabeth II? Franklin adds, “I have a standing invitation to have tea with the Queen of England.”
While the thought of Franklin creating a “before I die” list is slightly discomforting, the diva assures fans that her health crisis is over as she sports a slimmer and healthy figure. She is dedicated to staying healthy by embarking on a drastic diet and exercise regime.
“I’m really taking far better care of myself…I feel fabulous… (Designers Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta) are cutting special things just for me,” she says.
Hopefully, with all the preventive methods Franklin is taking to ensure she lives an even longer life, she may not need to be in such a rush to complete this bucket list.