Aretha Franklin is engaged to her gentleman companion, planning a summer wedding

You know what? I’ll just say it: I would totally marry Aretha Franklin. Just as I would have married Elizabeth Taylor, God rest her soul. I would marry Nora Ephron or Etta James or that fabulously bitter Olivia de Havilland. I would marry them because I like good gossip, and no one has better gossip than an old(er) lady who has been famous for decades, who has been married and divorced a bunch of times, someone who partied with the greats and doesn’t take crap from anybody. I’m not saying these would be healthy marriages. But they would be fun. And I would have a lot to say in my memoir.

So it doesn’t surprise me at all that Aretha Franklin has found what will likely be her LAST husband. Aretha announced that she and her “forever friend” William Wilkerson are getting hitched. Get yours, ‘Retha.

The Queen of Soul will soon have a king.

Aretha Franklin and her “forever friend” William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson are engaged to be married, her rep tells PEOPLE.

The iconic singer, 69, and Wilkerson are discussing tying the knot on Miami Beach, with an exclusive reception aboard a private yacht.

And for her dress?

“Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown,” says her rep.

Franklin lost 85 pounds last year after a health scare and told PEOPLE, “I feel fabulous.”

Adds Franklin herself of the upcoming nuptials: “We’re looking at June or July for our date and no, I’m not pregnant, LOL!”

[From People]

God, I love old broads. Aretha is like Miss Marple with a even more fabulous hat collection. And Aretha doesn’t solve murders, she just sings the blues. RESPECT. Anyway, congrats to Aretha and William. William has been Aretha’s “gentleman companion” for years now, so if he’s a golddigger, he was definitely playing a loooong con. I think it’s just more likely that William and Aretha are close friends, and Aretha thought, “Why the hell not?”

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    Her Magesty can do whatever she pleases. She’ll always get my R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

  2. Agnes says:

    She’s amazing and should have whatever the hell she wants – including husbands. :) Congrats!

  3. Just Lucy, for now. says:

    Good For Her! She’s a queen and should spoil herself. God Bless them both.

  4. Mourning the Death of Music says:

    I hope she’s taking better care of her health so that she can have several happy and loving years with her new husband-to-be.

    Hopefully they will give each other great joy for however much time they have together.

  5. spinner says:

    I love Aretha!! I wish them the very best.

  6. ahoyhoy says:

    He better treat her right! Aretha deserves nothing short of bliss!

  7. DarkEmpress says:

    OMGosh I love that! ‘I’m not pregnant” LOL!

  8. Girl says:

    Awesome!! She sounds like a great lady.

  9. jc126 says:

    I’m happy for her, but I have to admit that this getting married after so long, in light of the rumors about her health, make me very concerned that she is indeed suffering from cancer. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think she out-and-out denied having pancreatic cancer.

  10. Hanna says:

    LOL at the last pic. “Now, how do you work this damn thing”

  11. whatevs says:

    i wish her the bestest. she showed the world that you can be the best singing diva/musical genius and yet a classy lady in the same time. christina take note honey although you’re past 30 now it’s never too late to learn and grow up. lol

  12. lucy2 says:

    Best of luck to them. She’s one of my all time favorite singers.

  13. DreamyK says:

    She looks like she’s melting. She’s lost so much weight the skin is just hanging off of her. Yuck.