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Aretha Franklin, appears in an Access Hollywood interview in March 2011. - Provided courtesy of Acess Hollywood

Aretha Franklin engaged to longtime friend William 'Willie' Wilkerson

01/02/2012 by Olivia Allin

Aretha Franklin got engaged to her longtime friend, William "Willie" Wilkerson over the holidays, she confirmed on Monday.

Franklin told the Associated Press that she and Wilkerson are planning a summer wedding in Miami Beach, Fla. with a reception on a private yacht and joked to the wire service, "We're looking at June or July for our date and no, I'm not pregnant, LOL!"

The 69-year-old soul singer said she is considering Donna Karan, Valentino or Vera Wang to design her wedding dress.

Franklin has been married twice before, to Ted White in 1961 and to actor Glynn Turman in 1978. She has four children.

The "Queen of Soul," canceled two concerts in August 2010 after breaking two ribs in a fall. In November, she canceled all gigs and appearances through May 2011 by order of her doctors.

The singer underwent surgery on December 2. She later said her "problem has been resolved," but did not specify her ailment.

On February 11, Franklin made her first public appearance since her surgery at a basketball game in Detroit.

Franklin told talk show host Wendy Williams in March that she had lost 85 pounds and was "feeling wonderful.".

The singer, who has struggled with her weight for many years, has denied that she had gastric bypass surgery.

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