Aretha Franklin Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend Willie Wilkerson

Aretha Franklin is engaged!

The Queen of Soul recently accepted a proposal from her longtime boyfriend Willie Wilkerson, reps for the singer confirmed Monday (Jan 2).

According to reports, the couple’s wedding is set for sometime this summer (either in June or July) in miami.

“Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown,” the rep said.

This is not the first time the 69-year-old music legend has walked down the aisle either.

As Contact Music notes, Franklin has had a string of illustrious and not-so illustrious other halves as you might expect from someone who’s been in the public spotlight for as long as she has.

Her marriage to Wilkerson will be the third for Franklin, who in 1960s was married to her manager Ted White, having one son with him in 1964 named Ted White Jr, before marrying actor Glynn Turman, whom she divorced in 1984.

In a short statement to the Associated Press, the legendary singer joked, “No, I’m not pregnant,” just in case you were wondering.


  • Ruth Griffin

    Praise GOD for you you all all the best. One of your greatest fan ,much love Ruth.

  • Ruth Griffin

    Al the best one of your greatest fan allways May GOD continue to bless you all much love RG.