Aretha Franklin Engaged To Longtime Friend

Source: Detroit Free Press

NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin is engaged to longtime friend William (Willie) Wilkerson.

The Grammy-winning singer told the Associated Press in a statement today that she and Wilkerson are considering a summer wedding, perhaps in Miami Beach, Florida. The Queen of Soul wants to follow the ceremony with a reception on a private yacht.

The 69-year-old jokes: “No, I’m not pregnant.”

Franklin and Wilkerson became engaged over the holidays.

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