Aretha: I'm Getting Married

Singer says she's ready to marry longtime boyfriend Willie Wilkerson
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2012 12:36 PM CST
Aretha Franklin: I'm Getting Married
In this May 17, 2011 file photo, singer Aretha Franklin appears at a taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

The Queen of Soul says she's ready to be an honest woman. Aretha Franklin tells the AP in a statement today that she's getting married to longtime beau Willie Wilkerson. And stop the speculation right now: "No, I'm not pregnant," the 69-year-old jokes. The marriage, which would be Franklin's third, will likely take place this summer in Miami. Click for all things Aretha. (More Aretha Franklin stories.)

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