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Aretha Franklin is engaged to longtime friend; singer wants summer wedding in Miami Beach

Nov 15, 2011; Austin, USA; Aretha Franklin performing at the Austin City Limits Live Moody Theater. Mandatory (Credit Image: © wenn.com/wenn.com/KEYSTONE Press)

NEW YORK – Aretha Franklin is engaged to longtime friend William “Willie” Wilkerson.

The Grammy-winning singer told The Associated Press in a statement Monday that she and Wilkerson are considering a summer wedding, perhaps in Miami Beach, Fla.

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 and Wilkerson became engaged over the holidays.She is considering Vera Wang, Valentino and Donna Karan to design her dress.

Franklin has been married twice before.

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