Aretha Franklin Engaged at 69!

Mimi ON Jan 03, 2012 AT 10:49 am

Aretha Franklin and long-time companion William 'Willie' Wilkerson

Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin got engaged over the Christmas holidays. The 69-year-old singer and her long-time companion William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson are set to tie the knot next summer and are rumoured to be holding the ceremony on a yacht in Miami Beach, Florida.

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

Aretha has been previously married twice before, once to former manager Ted White, in the 1960′s, and later to actor Glynn Turman in the 1980′s. Her latest fiance is a former firefighter who she met whilst signing autographs in Detroit over 27 years ago, when he asked her to sign a cast on his broken leg.

What a great story, go Aretha!

Don’t forget to check out the other top engagements of 2011 here.


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