Aretha Franklin calls off wedding

2012-01-24 08:55

Washington - Aretha Franklin and her fiancé William "Willie" Wilkerson are rethinking plans to marry this summer, the soul diva said on Monday, three weeks after the couple announced their engagement.

"Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly," said Franklin, 69, in a statement issued through her publicist in New York.

"There will be no wedding at this time. We will not comment on it any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature of it. We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends."


Franklin had announced January 2 that she and Wilkerson, a longtime friend, were looking at tying the knot in June or July, with Miami Beach as the likely venue. She also quipped: "No, I'm not pregnant."

The Grammy-winning voice behind such soul classics as Respect, Think, Chain of Fools and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman has been married twice before.

She underwent surgery in December 2010 for an undisclosed ailment, but returned to the stage in a matter of months and sang at last October's dedication of the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington.