Aretha Franklin Engaged To Longtime Friend William Wilkerson


Aretha Franklin, 69, is set to wed her longtime friend William “Willie” Wilkerson this June or July.

The singer released a statement to the Associated Press on Monday, revealing they plan to marry in Miami Beach, Florida. Franklin wants to marry in Florida and celebrate with family and friends on a private yacht.

This will be Aretha’s third time down the aisle. The “Queen of Soul” was married to Ted White for 8 years and divorced in 1969. Her second marriage to actor Glynn Turman ended in 1984 after 6 years together.

Franklin joked about her decision to marry a third time, stating, “No, I’m not pregnant.”

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