On January 2nd Aretha Franklin announced she and her long time partner William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson were engaged to be married but on Monday the Queen of Soul announced the engagement is off.
“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. There will be no wedding at this time,” Franklin said in a statement to the Associated Press. “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.”
“We’re very compatible, and he supports me and I support him a lot, and
he has given me specialized attention that I don’t think I’ve received
from anyone else,” she went on to say.
It’s unclear if the Franklin and Wilkerson are still together.
(Photo: Aretha Franklin and “longtime friend” Willie Wilkerson arrive at Aretha Franklin’s Birthday Dinner at Park Lane Hotel on March 25, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Morgan/WireImage)