Aretha Franklin is Engaged to Longtime Friend William "Willie" Wilkerson
Aretha Franklin is getting hitched to her longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson.
The "Respect" singer announced today that she will be taking another matrimonial trip.
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The Grammy winner's rep told OK!, "The Queen of Soul brought in the New Year right by talking marriage with longtime friend and confidant William 'Willie' Wilkerson. The 'forever friends' are discussing getting hitched on the sandy shores of Miami Beach with an exclusive reception to follow aboard a private luxury yacht. Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown."
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Aretha added, "We're looking at June or July for our date, and no I'm not pregnant!"
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This will be the singer's third marriage. She was married to manager Ted White during the '60s and split from her second husband, actor Glynn Turman, in 1984.
Aretha battled health issues in 2010, but has said recently that she is feeling "fabulous."
Will the third time be the charm for the 69-year-old powerhouse vocalist?