Grammy-winning recording artist Aretha Franklin was in a joking mood when she announced her engagement today, telling The Associated Press: “No, I’m not pregnant.” The 69-year-old soul singer, who has been married twice before, is marrying her longtime friend William “Willie” Wilkerson. The couple is considering a summer wedding in Miami Beach, Fla., with an exclusive reception aboard a private yacht and a gown designed by either Donna Karan, Valentino, or Vera Wang. The “Respect” singer’s first marriage to Ted White in 1961 lasted eight years. She then tied the knot with actor Glynn Turman in 1978, but they divorced six years later.
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