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Aretha Franklin got engaged to her longtime friend, William 'Willie' Wilkerson over the holidays, she confirmed on January 2, 2011.
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.
The 69-year-old soul singer has been married twice before, to Ted White in 1961 and to actor Glynn Turman in 1978. She has four children.
(Pictured: Aretha Franklin appears in an 'Access Hollywood' interview in March 2011.)