Aretha Franklin’s engaged

    Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has finally found her king, and they’re getting married!

    Aretha’s "forever friend" William "Willie" Wilkerson proposed to her over the holidays and she said yes!

    Now the couple is drawing up plans for a summer wedding on the sandy beaches of Miami. "We’re looking at June or July for our date and no I’m not pregnant," she joked in a statement on her recent engagement.

    The ceremony will likely be followed by a wedding reception on a private luxury yacht. The bride, who sang such hits as "Respect" and "Natural Woman," plans to wear a gown fit for a queen.

    Aretha said she’s considered donning a Valentino, Vera Wang or Donna Karan design for her royal wedding.



    —Sonya Eskridge




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