• Aretha Franklin Says She’s Getting Married To Longtime Friend

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    NEW YORK— Aretha Franklin says she’s ready to tie the knot with longtime friend William “Willie” Wilkerson.

    Franklin told The Associated Press in a statement Monday that the pair was considering a summer wedding, perhaps on Miami Beach. The Queen of Soul wants to follow the ceremony with a reception on a private yacht.

    The 69-year-old jokes, “No, I’m not pregnant.”

    Franklin didn’t say whether the pair had gotten engaged, and a representative didn’t immediately reply to a message seeking clarification.

    The Grammy-winning singer has been married twice before.

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