ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Aretha Franklin and William “Willie” Wilkerson are planning a wedding. Aretha Franklin tells news she is engaged to her “longtime friend” and that is anxious for a summer wedding. No date has yet been revealed to news.
William “Willie” Wilkerson proposed to Aretha Franklin over the holidays. This will be Franklin’s third marriage. Aretha tells news that the couple hope to marry this June or July 2012. She also hopes the wedding will be held in Miami Beach with a reception on a yacht.
In a news statement today, Franklin’s rep said “Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown”. Franklin, 69, joked to news “No, I’m not pregnant”.
Franklin was married to Ted White for less than a decade; the couple divorced in 1969. She then was married six years to actor Glynn Turman, ending her marriage in 1984.