Aretha Franklin Is Engaged!
Aretha Franklin and William “Willie” Wilkerson got engaged over the holidays! Congrats!
Aretha Franklin sure knows how to kick off the New Year: She’s engaged! The Queen of Soul got engaged over the holidays to William “Willie” Wilkerson—whom she calls her “forever friend.” Awww!
According to People, Aretha and Willie are planning on a summer wedding; they’re going to exchange vows on Miami Beach before having an exclusive reception aboard a private yacht. She’s already looking at wedding dresses, though! Said her rep, “Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino, and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown.” No doubt she’ll look fabulous.
Aretha, who is 69, has been married twice before; she was wed to Ted White from 1961 to 1969 and to Glynn Turman from 1978 to 1984. Here’s hoping the third time’s the charm! Oh, and before anyone asks: No, she’s not pregnant, though she’s laughing a little about the rumors flying about that she is.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.