Soul Singer Aretha Franklin Is Engaged

Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin is engaged to her “longtime friend and confidant,” William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson, Franklin’s spokeswoman said in a statement.

The “forever friends” are thinking about getting married in Miami Beach, Florida, with a reception afterward aboard a luxury yacht, the statement added.

The 69-year-old singer is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and Vera Wang to design her dress.

“We’re looking at June or July for our date and no I’m not pregnant, LOL!” Franklin said in the statement.


Pictured: Singer Aretha Franklin(R) and her escort William Wilkerson arrive at the US State in Washington, DC to attend a dinner hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for this year’s Kennedy Center honorees 02 December 2006. Singer Dolly Parton, singer Smokey Robinson, film director Steven Spielberg, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and conductor Zubin Mehta are being recognized for performing arts contributions to American culture. AFP PHOTO/Leslie E. Kossoff