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Aretha Franklin Engaged To Longtime Friend William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson

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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