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Jan 2, 2012, 5:22pm   #1
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So Sweet!
Everybody and their freakin' Momma got engaged...Now Aretha.

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I'm engaged! Aretha Franklin, 69, set to wed her long-time companion


By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 8:36 PM on 2nd January 2012

She lost 85lbs last year and now Aretha Franklin is gaining a husband.

The Grammy-winning singer is engaged to long-time companion William 'Willie' Wilkerson.

She said in a statement today that she and Wilkerson are considering a summer wedding, perhaps in Miami Beach, Florida.


i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/01/02/article-2081392-0F5288A200000578-76_468x682.jpg Wedding bells: Aretha Franklin is engaged to long-time companion William 'Willie' Wilkerson, pictured here together in September

The Queen of Soul wants to follow the ceremony with a reception on a private yacht.
The 69-year-old joked: '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.

It will be the third wedding for Franklin, who has four children.

She was married to her then manager, Ted White, during the '60s and split from her second husband actor Glynn Turman in 1984 after five years together.
Franklin recently said she is feeling 'fabulous' again after suffering from a serious health issue in 2010.

i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/01/02/article-0-0F40378700000578-383_468x638.jpg Feeling 'fabulous': Aretha, pictured here showing off her 85lb weight loss on Jimmy Fallon's show last month, is preparing to marry over the summer

The Chain of Fools singer was reported to have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer - claims Ms Franklin denied.

However, she did undergo an unidentified surgery in December that year and she had cancelled concerts and personal appearances up until May.

Her more transformed physique has now promoted rumours she underwent gastric bypass surgery.

But Ms Franklin said in a recent interview that she 'would never' go under the surgeon's knife for weight loss surgery.

Asked if she had had a gastric bypass, Ms Franklin replied: 'Definitely not - and would not. I heard that rumour. I said, "That is crazy." It definitely was not the bariatric or, what is it, gastric... Yeah, I can't even tell you the correct name of it.

'It's really not necessary to talk about one's personal medical health.'

Ms Franklin also addressed the rumours about reports she had pancreatic cancer and said: 'There was just so many wild things out there and just so many things being said that weren’t true…

'I just felt I needed to address it a little.'

'I don’t know where pancreatic cancer came from, she states. 'I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that.'

She clarified: 'No one in my family ever said that to anybody.'

Although she did not state what the nature of her health concerns were, the Baby I Love You hit-maker said that her doctors believe the surgery she had 'is going to add 15 to 20 more years' to her life.

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Jan 2, 2012, 5:49pm   #2
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Congrats, Catfish and Queen!!!
Jan 2, 2012, 6:36pm   #3
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*~*Awww congrats to Aretha!!*~*
Jan 23, 2012, 1:17pm   #4
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Aretha Franklin won't be getting fitted for a wedding gown after all: She's called off her engagement.

In a statement released Monday, her representative said her wedding to Willie Wilkerson wasn't going to happen.

Franklin said things were moving too fast and "a number of things" had not been thought through.


She says she won't be commenting about it because of "the very personal and sensitive nature of it."

It's not clear if they are still a couple.

Franklin announced shortly after New Year's Day that she was getting married, and said she planned a wedding in either the Hamptons or Miami.

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Jan 23, 2012, 1:20pm   #5
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Originally Posted by DC-Cutie
NEW YORK (AP) -- Aretha Franklin won't be getting fitted for a wedding gown after all: She's called off her engagement.

In a statement released Monday, her representative said her wedding to Willie Wilkerson wasn't going to happen.

Franklin said things were moving too fast and "a number of things" had not been thought through.

She says she won't be commenting about it because of "the very personal and sensitive nature of it."

It's not clear if they are still a couple.

Franklin announced shortly after New Year's Day that she was getting married, and said she planned a wedding in either the Hamptons or Miami.

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He either cheated or she found out he was after her money.
Jan 23, 2012, 1:22pm   #6
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Originally Posted by Sassys
He either cheated or she found out he was after her money.
something had to go down.

I mean, they've known each other for 30 years, now all of a sudden 'things are moving too fast' **side eye**
Jan 24, 2012, 11:12am   #7
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Originally Posted by DC-Cutie
something had to go down.

I mean, they've known each other for 30 years, now all of a sudden 'things are moving too fast' **side eye**

right
Jan 24, 2012, 11:27am   #8
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Originally Posted by DC-Cutie
NEW YORK (AP) -- Aretha Franklin won't be getting fitted for a wedding gown after all: She's called off her engagement.

In a statement released Monday, her representative said her wedding to Willie Wilkerson wasn't going to happen.

Franklin said things were moving too fast and "a number of things" had not been thought through.

She says she won't be commenting about it because of "the very personal and sensitive nature of it."

It's not clear if they are still a couple.

Franklin announced shortly after New Year's Day that she was getting married, and said she planned a wedding in either the Hamptons or Miami.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT
when I read this I busted out laughing spitting out my water... not the fact that she is not getting married(maybe) but that its typical Aretha- who is by the way my favorite singer of all time... i have all of her greatest hits in my cd changer in the car... she has the most powerful voice ever.
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