By Sandra Rose  | 

Freddie Jackson

The Internet is abuzz over singer Freddie Jackson's dramatic weight loss. A recent video uploaded to raised new concerns about the R&B crooner's health status.

But in 2015, the "You Are My Lady" singer had a perfect explanation for his skeletal appearance.

In an interview with WBLS radio, Jackson, 61, dismissed rumors that he was at death's door or he had HIV.

Jackson said he lost 107 pounds by living a healthier lifestyle and changing his bad eating habits.

He also said he lost weight as a natural process of getting older.

"I couldn't do anything about getting older. We're gonna get older by the grace of God," he said.

Jackson added that he didn't want to wait for his doctor to tell him, "You've got to lose 50 pounds." Jackson said he "grabbed the bulls by the horn" and took control of his life.

Click here to hear what Jackson said about his weight loss in 2015.


  • Dahl

    THAT ?does not look like a healthy lifestyle. He looks frail at best, very unwell at worst. And wtf is up with his teef in that first pic...?

  • shun king

    could be IBS

  • pure_rachet

    exactly. I can't stand them crack-ish teeth. He is not healthy!!

  • pure_rachet

    You spelled it wrong.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    There you go...Corner.

  • pure_rachet

    Oops. Bye.

  • Nhere

    There was this rev who said something similar, even threw popeyes under the bus.

  • MsPam

    I think he had that weight loss surgery, my doctor told me black k folks look old after they get the surgery. ?????

  • Phyllis

    Same thing Eddie Long Said?... wish him the best though !!

  • GuestSTAR

    That's who I thought about.

  • GuestSTAR

    They always wanna use that healthier lifestyle change as an excuse for looking like they are close to death. A healthy lifestyle change don't have you looking like this.

  • Ebony Starr

    So did he just get old or did he grab the bull by the horns and get healthy ?!!!

  • Rayne

    Yea that’s always the go to excuse. Sure sure.

  • unknown user

    Sounds all too familiar. Ok Freddie

  • Noirluv45

    I don't believe him. His explanation reminds me of Bishop Eddie Long's.

  • Noirluv45

    I said the same thing before I read your comment.

  • yoliewinecorporation

    WOW!! Ok

  • 2telldatruth

    I ? if they changed the mic out after the interview....

  • Enoughsaid2020

    I saw him in 2015, and he was skinny then. Now he has lost too much weight.

  • i troll it like i see it

    There's weight loss and then there's THIS....something's wrong.

  • Vonn
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  • Marlika

    So what’s his excuses for his teffus looking like he hasn’t brush them in 20 years? That’s not from eating and living a healthier lifestyle.??

  • hottlanta

    Looks like he needs an ambulance outside he looks tired as hell. He waving that arm and acting like it weights 100 lbs.

  • shun king

    Irritable Bowl Syndrome=IBS same as the Michael knight dude he got skeletal like that also

  • MookieFly

    That video was a little unnerving. He honestly looks like he's in pain.

  • klwbaby

    I think its always a good thing to take care of yourself but Freddie.... I hope things work out for u??

  • GuestSTAR


  • YouWontSayItButIWill

    Its not what we think? Eddie Long said the same thing...and four weeks later...he was a done deal. *Singing* are my lady.....

  • pure_rachet

    Sheesh Shun. Sheesh.

  • Quagsire!

    Dayum! Freddie, you and my neck my back Khia need dentistry real bad. At least whiten them dere choppers.

  • shun king

    thats a strange syndrome because the people who i know cant keep weight off them and all they say is that they have to eat fresh foods and they ok..but it do something different to the male celebrities

  • 100milesperhour

    Judging by those dingy teeth, looks like an eating disorder. Somebody get him an IV & a gurney. Moving in slow motion like he's wading thru the water.

  • GuestSTAR

    Yeah, he's having a hard time on that stage, sad, SMH.

  • Listen2Me

    ?? forgetting the words to the song and everything. Is this even Freddie?

  • 100milesperhour

    Then again, some meds rot teeth.

  • hottlanta

    Yep Eddie Wrong talking about he stopped eating that "slave food" and lost weight. Ancestors took that azz out weeks later for blaming their diet on why he was sick when he know good and dayum well had they went to the store being boogie/grand those white folks would have murdered them for being uppity.

  • Tena

    My sister saw him in concert recently and she expressed the same concern. She said he looked very frail and sickly and he couldn't weight no more than 90 pounds.

  • Ni Ni

    Po Freddie ?. Freddie and and Luther were my favorites growing up.

  • Ni Ni

    Oh my!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    The reason he gave is the same reason Eddie Long used.........

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I just wrote the same thing.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    His Unsung msde me pause but even then he was bigger than this ...

  • KeepitG

    He looks fine.?..he on that same diet as Wendy ?.....either u too fat skinny body is fake behind is too big...blah blah blah the mf is human we aren’t all suppos to age or weigh the same or be this so called “image that is acceptable” aka “normal.”some ppl may look healthy and be the unthealthiest...vice versa ?

  • Li

    Usually when somebody loses that amount of weight its because their doctor told them to do it or die....usually high blood pressure or diabetes or a combo of both. These celebs all say the same thing that they're living a healthier life....nah, it's because their doctor told them to do it or die....look at Aretha who has lost a ton of weight, probably because of a combo of diabetes and HBP.

  • Li

    Have you seen a pic of Aretha recently? She looks the same as he does. Lost a ton of weight. And the rumors started flying that she was dying.

  • Oya Shango

    When a person is eating healthy to loose weight, they also LOOK healthy and vibrant. Freddie looks emaciated, weak and sickly, including his dental health. In the video, he not only couldn't remember the lyrics to his own hit song, he also has lost his voice. Something is seriously amidst here. He should just come clean and speak the truth. We still love and send prayers to him.

  • Shira Harding-James

    He doesn’t look healthy how is this a healthy lifestyle

  • Yvonne Chase

    When we eat healthy, we look healthy. He does not look healthy at all. He actually looks sickly. That video scared me. It reminded me of my brother who was a vibrant healthy soul before a series of autoimmune diseases took over his body. He was frail and extremely weak. My brother fought a good fight however, his body succumbed to it all 7 years ago.

  • OvertheMississippi

    Not that he owes me an explanation, but ahhh yeah...

  • OvertheMississippi

    Same Eddie Long diet!!!

  • OvertheMississippi

    Bingo!! It that some sort of taught or programmed response?

  • YouWontSayItButIWill

    Ha! I think we all know what REALLY happened to Eddie Wrong. Who is leading the cult now?

  • YouWontSayItButIWill

    Me and you obviously think alike.

  • Oya Shango

    Here is a recent live concert he preformed. Big difference. It is a nice concert. It is so funny, he is dancing with a lady and he is just as gay as he wanna be. He is jammin! . . .

  • 19awesomegrl97

    naw that aint healthy...same thang eddie long had said

  • 19awesomegrl97

    what HBP?

  • NorthDeKalb

    Ohh Lord. I hate to assume... I really do. All’s I know is, I don’t know anyone who has gotten this skinny with age, particular someone who struggled with weight issues prior. Given the advancements with modern medicine, even with HIV there’s no reason for him to look this way. That is unless he’s “given it to the Lord” and ceased treatment like a fool.

  • Malcom Flex

    Crack lean or the Bug. But why lie, bro? TF!

  • NicoleZee

    People are so disrespectful and evil. What did Freddie ever do to anybody??? Instead of criticizing him, why not just pray for him??? I forgot how many sickos visit this blog, disgusting. Every gay or bi person does not have HIV or AIDS, some of you straight pieces of shit have it and don't even know it. Half of you don't even know what STD testing is but stay talking about innocent people, but want to cry wolf when someone says something about you. Sad. I'll just pray for Sandra and all the sickos that frequent her blog. SMDH! Best of luck in 2018!

  • NicoleZee

    I don't get why people care so much. Sickos are actually comparing him to Eddie Long. The hell??? Long was a closeted gay child molester. Freddie is allegedly just gay from what I've heard. I've never heard anything about him harming people or being a criminal, so I don't get the disrespect towards him. He is in my prayers whatever he might be going through. Half of the people commenting have undiagnosed STDs and other infections but have the nerve to criticize folks. Sickening. Freddie Jackson is a legend that deserves respect. His music warms my heart and soul every time I hear him sing :)!

  • BrittBrat2005

    High blood pressure

  • BrittBrat2005

    It shows around neck, eyes, and arms. When people do have the surgery. My aunt had it and boy ol boy, her weight loss is good but how it looks around neck and stuffs. I'll stick to the old fashion ways exercising to lose and eating organics foods.

  • BrittBrat2005

    Hmm maybe the Al sharpton weight loss..............

  • A D N

    Al Sharpton was the first person I thought of too........ However, my mom had a significant weight loss because she wanted a healthier lifestyle.

  • Oya Shango

    Aretha is dying of pancreatic cancer, which explains her weight loss.

  • A D N

    Weight loss is usually contributed to two things...healthy lifestyle change or illness. When one chooses the healthy lifestyle, the look of illness just isn't there, because they look "healthy". However, weight loss and illness always seems to go together. It is mean to say awful things if the person is ill. But when a person is ill, they should just say, I "will" be ok...I'm just going through something...and leave it as that. They should not lie and contribute their weight loss to healthy lifestyle. They open the door to criticism rather than compassion. True, everything isn't for everyone to know, but people are aware of how illness affect on the body, so to lie is to open the door to the criticism and remarks one was trying to avoid. Majority of us have first hand witnessed or witnessing the body transformation of someone who lost weight (or gained weight in some cases) due to an illness.

  • BrittBrat2005

    Same here. A healthier lifestyle. Has always being stocky since jr high even while playing sports never loss any just solid & muscle legs. I'm 6'2ft 265lb trying to get down to 200 at least don't wanna be tooo skinny looking like a bobble head, other reason the fact my daddy have diabetes what makes me wanna be healthier. He's healthy works out 6 days a week built body type but what got him where muscle protein shakes stuff etc cause him to have it; did for years while working out until one day it just hit him. But now he just workout without that mess. I always warn people when they say just eat protein bar/shakes this and that. I'm like nope! lol

  • Ghost

    I believe he is LYING!!!! Sometimes its hard for public folks to admit and tell the truth...Praying for him...

  • NorthDeKalb

    I guess you have to live your life but honestly I’d stay home and avoid the scrutiny.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    He ain't explained sh-t!

  • Bee jaay Cee

    why is that the first thing back people say...just pray for him?

  • NicoleZee

    Don't you want others to pray for you??? There is nothing wrong with praying for someone, even if you do not know them personally. I love Freddie's music, plus his music has brought me some peace and enjoyment through the years. I was just a little girl in the 80s when he was making most of his hits, but I remember my parents playing his music and my late grandmother was a fan too :)! So yes, I will continue to pray that he is well and that he is able to keep singing and performing as he wishes.

    Music is healing and quite powerful.

    Happy New Year and God bless.

  • country57

    This man does not look well. He can barely sing the songs and his movements are that of someone who's tired and has no strength. I'm a big Freddy Jackson fan from way back, he's only 61. Wish he could retire and focus on his health.

  • Bambi

    I feel so sorry for her we all know the out come of pancreatic cancer me personally the people that I know have had it didn’t survive it, I hate she’s going through that!


    Healthy eating does not give you that sunk in skeletal look. I've seen this same look in people suffering from Cancer or HIV.

    Well wishes for him if he is ill.

  • Lanegra??

    Isn't that the same thing Bishop said....

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    I scrolled down to make the exact same comment. But good for him if he is telling the truth.


    I don’t know what it is he is battling from but he is battling from something serious. Listen most people who have HIV/AIDS do not die from the disease, they die from other complications. All I know is he is not healthy looking but who knows he probably is healthy due to what he is going through. All I know am I wish him the best

  • Tennessean

    I can believe it if I had more information. More men and women 40 and up are trying to live healthier by cutting back on a lot of foods that cause health issues. Especially in my community. Drastic weight loss does concern me but to each his own.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Didn't Eddie Long tell us he was on some sort of raw vegan diet? Then a few months later he was gone.
    I wish Freddie the best, but I do have my doubts.

  • Reina1718

    Mhmm like Eddie long Vegan...... let me shut up...its a new year

  • FlorenceJohnston

    This is really sad to see. I saw him in concert several years ago. He was so thin that when he walked out the whole crowd gasped. He is clearly suffering from a medical condition.


    If Freddy said it was a diet, then leave it alone. Man has a right to his private life.

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    What happened to his teeth?

  • Malcom Flex

    Did you know the poorest people are the most religious. Figures. That's why so many black females are talking about God, like it's some invisiable insurance plan.

  • Dee AKA

    Wow, if that's true she's surviving a long time with it. Usually people diagnosed with this do not live much longer after diagnosis.

  • my view

    Eddie Long said it was a diet too

  • Shira Harding-James

    Sorry to hear honey. My best friend has this as well along with Lupus symptoms... hard to watch

  • Shira Harding-James

    YOu know what?! Lol

  • 88

    It's what we learned in slavery

  • January Jones

    People are always so quick to say it's an illness but you have to remember that when a person who is older changes their diet and routine to a healthier lifestyle, their body will not form muscle mass like a 31 year old man. As we get older we lose collagen in our skin, muscle mass, our bones get weak and shrink.

  • Bossy704

    Freddie wants to live his last days out doing what he loves. It isn't our business, but fans deserve a good show from a healthy artist.

  • Mister Fantastic

    How do you explain those rock/ meth teeth Freddie?

    Is that a part of aging?

  • Toni Wiggins-Sorzano

    “Don’t you wanna Jam tonight.” Damn Freddie he can barely sing. This is so damn sad.

  • Evillene

    He performed in L.A. recently. The audience gasped when he came out. He is unnaturally thin. However, he has been this size for several years now so it's not like he is at death's door. Don't know what would cause that other than an eating disorder.

  • Evillene

    The difference is Freddie has been this size for about 7 or 8 years.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yes and no. Freddie's been skinny for a while, but there's a difference between looking skinny and looking gaunt. Now he looks gaunt, which is why so many people are concerned.
    I do wish the man the best, but he doesn't look healthy at all to me. If people gasp when they see you, something's probably wrong somewhere, IMO.

  • MsChocCookie

    He's too thin!!! Somebody please give him a steak, some pork chops, mashed potatoes, and green bean!!!

  • You already know ?

    Exactly ??????????

  • Guess Who

    yeah ok

  • Blah Blahhhhh

    something is wrong

  • OhHellNaw!

    Looks like Freddie went on the Wendel Williams dietl. Grab a snack Freddie n come on back !!

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  • OhHellNaw!

    Now I know this man has made enuf money in his career 2 have better looking teeth than that! Teeth just lookin' like Jolly Green Giant niblets of corn! Ewwwww!

  • Yoni7

    I know one thing, 2018 bet not terch him!

  • Gone Too Far

    Didn’t that problematic Pastor Eddie Long say the same thing at first?

  • Branch Davidian

    Jesus Christ...I've seen Holocaust Survivors that look better than that...

  • Pammie

    Same thing Eddie Long said!!!!

  • bemetoo

    Fredisha been skinny for couple years

  • facingrealit1

    Yep - He on that Eddie Long diet plan!

  • Mrs. ??????????

    That suit is wearing him. The weight loss looks very unnatural.

  • GuestSTAR

    Yep, he sure did.

  • Tena

    Yes, I saw her. And sadly I am hearing rumors of the same alleged disease as this dude.

  • Allihave2say

    When everyone else was hearing Luther, I was loving on Freddy Jackson in the morning getting ready for school. "Hey ey girl, we gonna take it nice and slow"…"I'm so glad we took the time, to look into each other's minds, we made are move when love was there"…"cause we were friends, before we were lovers"… "and isn't that the way it should be?" " I wouldn't change it if I could." "Nice and slow. Steady as we go..".

  • Allihave2say

    I wanna wanna jam with you… come on let's do it the way we do! Let's jam the night away yeah"

  • Allihave2say

    Not only was Eddie Longstroke gone but Kim Burrell called the coming of death and that spirit snatched him up.

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  • suganspice68

    I am sorry for your loss

  • ShWa

    Doesn't look like natural weight....

  • AveIvy

    Not only is he emaciated, but he looks weak. Freddie could barely manage to stand there.

    God bless him with the strength to endure what ever he's dealing with.

  • Toni ToniToni

    YASSSS!!! My JOINTT!!!

  • Chile_Pleeze

    he still alive?? hell I thought he left right after Luther...

  • itsjismemelly

    I am sorry but he looks sick and I pray that everything is alright, it is his personal choice if he wants to share his health information with the world or not.

  • Jessica2248

    Yep and a few months later he was gone.

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  • Jessica2248

    I'm sorry, but this ninja got senior citizens anorexia. Natural weight loss my arse!

  • George Courtney Jr

    DAMN!!! in looking at him singing last January, he has shrunk even more
    and is even struggling to sing looks like cancer is really taking its
    toll on him.

    Because I say cancer because I know people living with aids who are up and about and ARE healthy

    i'll give him another year or so of life