Aretha Franklin engaged to long time boyfriend William Wilkerson, clears she is not pregnant

By on Jan 3, 2012 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Lifestyle, United States Comments

American Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is now engaged with her long time friend William Wilkerson, which will be her third wedding; but cleared that she is not pregnant.

William Wilkerson and Aretha Franklin
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According to entertainment news sites on Monday, January 2, 2012, Aretha Franklin announced her engagement with William Wilkerson via her publicist, and the two are now preparing for the wedding.

As noted at People, Franklin‘s rep confirmed the wedding plans and the couple is now thinking of getting married in Miami Beach, with an exclusive reception aboard a private yacht.

Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown,” Her rep was quoted on the report, not revealing the exact wedding date.

“We’re looking at June or July for our date and no, I’m not pregnant, lol” Franklin, 69, was quoted as saying on a statement; who married Ted White in 1961 but got divorced in 1969, having a son named Ted White Jr.

According to reports, Aretha Franklin had a seven-year relationship with her road manager Ken Cunningham from 1969 until 1976, and had a son named Kecalf, a name taken from the initials of his parents.

On April 11, 1978, Aretha Franklin married actor Glynn Turman but divorced in early 1984, with the couple not having any child and remained friends after the divorce.

Aretha Franklin was the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1987, and is known for hits such as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools“.

Her eighth and latest album titled ‘Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love‘ was released on May 3, 2011, marking her 50th anniversary in the entertainment industry.

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