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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Aretha Franklin engaged

FILE - In this May 17, 2011, file photo Aretha Franklin performs in Chicago. The Queen of Soul is performing in a hospital boot after stumbling over a designer shoe and fracturing a toe on her left foot during a private performance in Dallas, spokeswoman Tracey Jordan said Tuesday, June 21, 2011.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast - AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Iconic singer Aretha Franklin announced her engagement to longtime friend William “Willie” Wilkerson on Monday.

She told the Associated Press she was hoping for a summer wedding and a private reception on a yacht. The 69-year-old mother of four joked that she wasn’t pregnant.

This is her third engagement.

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