Aretha Franklin Ends Engagement After Three Weeks

Aretha Franklin William "Willie" Wilkerson - P 2012
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Aretha Franklin William "Willie" Wilkerson - P 2012

Not a month after making the announcement, the singer, who has reportedly been battling pancreatic cancer, said she will no longer wed William "Willie" Wilkerson.

Aretha Franklin has put the breaks on her engagement to William "Willie" Wilkerson

Just three weeks after announcing that she intended to wed Wilkerson, a longtime friend, the "Queen of Soul" has called off the impending nuptials. 

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"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," Franklin told Us magazine in a statement. "There will be no wedding at this time."

Franklin, who will be honored by BET along with Patti Labelle and Common Feb. 13, had already begun planning the affair, saying Vera Wang, Valentino and Donna Karan were dress designing possibilities and that she was leaning towards a summer wedding in Miami with a reception on board a yacht. 

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This would have been the third wedding for the "Respect" singer, who was previously married to Ted White from 1961 - 1969 and actor Glynn Turman (A Different World, The Wire) from 1978 - 1984.