• GREAT NEWS! Aretha Franklin’s Getting Married To Longtime Friend

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    NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin is engaged to longtime friend William “Willie” Wilkerson.

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    The Grammy-winning singer told The Associated Press in a statement Monday that she and Wilkerson are considering a summer wedding, perhaps in Miami Beach, Fla. 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.

    She is considering Vera Wang, Valentino and Donna Karan to design her dress.

    Franklin has been married twice before.

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