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Aretha Franklin is engaged

CAROL MARTINDALE, carolmartindale@nationnews.com

Added 02 January 2012

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She's 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. 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. (Daily Mail)

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