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Aretha Franklin engaged to Longtime boyfriend William Wilkerson

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Aretha Franklin, the queen of Soul singer has become the latest celebrity to announce an engagement over the holidays. Now, she joins the list of celebrities who have recently announced their engagements that includes the Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and basketball superstar LeBron James.

The 69-year-old Aretha Franklin and her longtime boyfriend William Willie Wilkerson hopes to marry later this year. A spokesman said that they are set to marry on a sandy Miami beach with a private party to celebrate afterward abroad a yacht.

In a statement, Franklin said that they are looking at June or July for their date and joked that she is not pregnant. However, she was sidelined by a mysterious ailment at about this time last year, but overcame her health scare in January and shed close to 40kgs on the road to better health.

Moreover, the legendary singer of 1960’s hits like ‘Chain of Fools’ and ‘Baby I Love You’ sang at her own 69th birthday party in March. The 63-year-old Tyler has rocked the longtime 38-year-old girlfriend Erin Brady and his representative has confirmed to celebrity media but there were no details given.

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