ARETHA FRANKLIN: GETTING HITCHED
NEW YORK (AP) -- Last year, she lost nearly 100 pounds. Now Aretha Franklin is about to gain -- a husband. The legendary singer says she is now engaged to longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson. In a statement to The Associated Press, Franklin says she and Wilkerson plan to get hitched this summer, perhaps in Miami Beach, Florida. And she says she'd like to follow that up with a reception on a private yacht. The statement says Franklin and Wilkerson became engaged over the holidays. It will be Franklin's third wedding. And the fact that the first two marriages didn't work out hasn't affected her sense of humor. The 69 year old singer jokes: "No, I'm not pregnant."