Although Aretha Franklin had a deeply private side, she also shared her life with her fans through countless interviews.

The legendary singer often talked to the press about her latest projects, the memories of her hometown, and her commitment to the music she performed through perso pain and illness.

There was sometimes discord between the Queen of the Soul and the media, especially when the coverage was negative. Above all, Franklin agreed with a straightforward openness and humor that made her as real as herself.

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Here's a look at Aretha in her own words, drawn from more than 30 years of Detroit Free Press interviews and Reporting – The Free Press is part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Quiet please. The queen of the soul is talking.

About Legend: "It's nice to make a compliment and deserve this appreciation, but I'm not in that category, I think of myself as a mother, sister, aunt." ( June 1994)

Her childhood recital of hearing gospel singer Clara Ward performs "Peace In The Valley" at a funeral: "I knew then that I had to become a singer I knew it was the one way I could let people know how I felt. " (April 1969)

What keeps them from resting on their laurels : "My love of music, I like the theatricality, the production of it, so it's not just the music alone, I like the camaraderie among the musicians and singers and myself. I love it when people are happy and happy with what they see and hear. " (December 1989)


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To the guests at their annual Christmas party : "Sit down, relax." (December 1987)

As she celebrated two Grammy wins as she watched the ceremony at her home in Bloomfield Hills "I had a nice pot of Great Northern Beans and some cornbread, and we just enjoyed eating and watching the show. " (March 1988)

On the 50th anniversary of the Walk to Freedom in Detroit in 1963 with Martin Luther King Jr ., whose father, Rev. CL Franklin, played a key role in the organization : "It was absolutely a world statement that was certainly given to all nations that we could not only organize, but we were healthy and rich in numbers, who commercialized in the retail trade and other things … you could not tell me that there were not a million, one and a half million people on Woodward that day. " (June 2013)

Her Feeling for Her Gift : " I'm my music and I'm not even sure what that is. " (April 1969)

Her return to the pop charts with "Freeway of Love" : "It's great to get going again." (September 1985)


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Your thoughts on romance : "You fall in love, you fall out of love you think you want something, you get it, and then you decide that it's not what you wanted, you do not always want what you think you want. " (February 2010)

At a Fisher Theater Concert for the Franklin Scholarships Awards for Detroit Students: "The Church will begin a little earlier". (September 1993)

Joke with Rod Stewart about lighting her televised "Duets" special: "Oh no, you can not be brighter than moi." (May 1993)

Back in Metro Detroit after living in Los Angeles : "They have the best brothers in Detroit They are OK in New York, they "I'm nice in LA, but not as nice as in Detroit. I'm just having fun. It is at home. I've been in LA for five years and in New York for five years, but I'm here most of my life. (June 1994)

Apologies to an audience for being late for fitting issues in their wardrobe: "I take Slim Fast, but it's not fast enough. (April 1990)

Commenting on the memorial service at Detroit Mayor Coleman Young, where she sang "The Impossible Dream": "I am honored today for such a great one Singer to sing man, of whom I had a great esteem, a great respect. I made him joke by calling him & # 39; Your Ornery & # 39; called. That would make him collapse. (December 1997)

Advising the Audience on Their First Appearance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra: "Get up, party, shake your hips, and have a good time.

A written statement about a Free Press story in which numerous lawsuits were filed for payment of bills by her, a report she described as "a vicious and malicious Attempted to discredit me by reprinting old, warmed-up news ": " There was nothing new. … I take responsibility for the handful of suits for a small fraction of the 99.9 percent of people who are paid responsibly and responsibly There are many happy creditors who have my business accounts. (February 1999)

Improvised Remarks at a Gospel Music Show for Hundreds of Patients and Coworkers at the Henry Ford Hospital: "Because some of you could not get off Christmas and the holidays, we wanted to bring you a little Christmas … … nobody will be sick here. (January 1999)

The sound engineers over the low volume of a Valentine's Concert in the Music Hall complains: "These people paid a lot of money to hear the best I would also like to hear. (February 2001)


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How she felt after watching "The Star-Spangled Banner" in front of the Super Bowl [1914] : "Excellent." (February 2006)

Motown's 50th Birthday: "Motown is unparalleled. I am pleased and honored to be part of Motown and Motown Berry Gordy: He is one of the geniuses of the music industry. He has written history on this and the other side of the ocean. People all over the world know Motown music. " (November 2009)

When she after a relapse of her hospital stay in 2010 scale back their schedule: [IchwerdewenigermachenIchziehemichjedesJahrwirklichzurückIchwerdemehrZeitinArethasRecordsinvestierenwenigerinKonzerteunddasgibtmirZeitzuHause"Wennmanein-undaussteigthatmannichtvielZeitfürdieDingediemanmachenwill-polieredasSilberIchkaufeeinTee-SetdiekleinenDingeichmagwaschenundbügelnhöreMusikdieichnichtgehörthabelesevieleBücherlesedieZeitungeneinichbinsehrhäuslichwennichzuHausebinunddasistwasichammeistengenießeIchkannamlängstenimHausbleibenundnichtrauskommen" (December 2011)

A homage to her hometown at a performance by the DTE Energy Music Theater : "I was around the world – London, Paris, Germany, putting all these wonderful things in place. And there is no place like Detroit, Michigan. (August 2011)

An update on a film project about her life: "I negotiated with the other group for two years, and they were stubborn because of the cast. That became the deal-breaker. They wanted who I would play, my dad and the other principals. I felt like, because it's my story, I was the person who had to be happy with it when it's done. (June 2012)

Your Thoughts on a Project with Don Was and Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds: "I would not mind a different Grammy. That would not hurt my feelings at all. (October 2013)

In the reality contest music shows like "American Idol" : It's a quick way to the top, if you really are it it went on I like the way I showed up in the industry, it was not too fast, it was not over night, but gradually, and gradually I grew in the industry, I like that more than nightlife sensation, as you might say. I was able to learn along the way and grow at a very, very nice pace – my pace, really – I was not pushed into something I was not ready for. " (July 2014) [19459023

Observing their health : "I have a running regime, wander in the supermarkets – Walmart, Kmart, Meijer. I run hotels, make the stairs, everything." (July 2014 )

Your hopes for retirement: "In my retirement plan, I would Have a small club here in Detroit. … It would be (called) Aretha! … From time to time I sang, and of course I would have special artists come to perform for the city that people in Detroit like – Detroit favorites. (August 2017)

Whether her appearance at the first Detroit Music Weekend was her last in town, a question she asked for more than 10 seconds. "That's possible. … Yes, it is possible. " (June 2017)

Their response to the tributes of Detroit Music Weekend, including the renaming of part of Madison Street in Aretha Franklin Way : "It's phenomenal. It's wonderful just to be held in that esteem, especially in your hometown. Before I cry here, let's move on. (June 2017)

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