Aretha Franklin says she's ready to get married

By MESFIN FEKADU | January 2, 2012 | 1:01 PM EST

Associated Press (AP) — Aretha Franklin says she's ready to tie the knot with longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson.

Franklin told the Associated Press in a statement Monday that the pair was considering a summer wedding, perhaps on Miami Beach. The Queen of Soul wants to follow ceremony with a reception on a private yacht.

The 69-year-old jokes, "No, I'm not pregnant."

Franklin didn't say whether the pair had gotten engaged and a representative didn't immediately reply to a message seeking clarification.

The Grammy-winning singer is considering Vera Wang, Valentino and Donna Karan to design her dress.

Franklin has been married twice before.


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