Aretha Franklin To Marry Longtime Pal William Wilkerson This Summer

January 3rd, 2012 10:09pm EST

Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin is to wed longtime friend William Wilkerson this summer.

The Respect hitmaker released a statement to the Associated Press on Monday announcing the news, revealing the couple is planning to exchange vows in Miami Beach, Florida and celebrate its nuptials with friends and family during a reception on a private yacht.

This will be the Queen of Soul's third marriage - she was married to Ted White for eight years before the two divorced in 1969 and she ended her six-year marriage to actor Glynn Turman in 1984.

Joking about her sudden motivation to wed again, she stated: "No, I'm not pregnant."

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