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Aretha Franklin Engaged To Longtime Friend William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson

Written by Kiel Egging on January 3, 2012

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will marry longtime friend William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson later this year.

The 69-year-old diva and Wilkerson became engaged over the holiday break – with Franklin telling the Associated Press the couple are planning a wedding on Miami Beach, followed by a reception on a private yacht.  She also added that she is considering ordering a custom dress from one of three prominent designers: Valentino, Donna Karan or Vera Wang.

Frankilin, who has married twice before, has fully recovered from some recent health concerns.  A doctor recently told her that surgery she underwent a year ago could add 15 to 20 years to her life.

Nice to see Aretha receiving some R-E-S-P-E-C-T from the opposite sex.

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