Aretha Franklin Engaged To Longtime Friend Willie Wilkerson

    It’s been a good year or so for Aretha Franklin following the health scare she faced in late 2010. The Queen of Soul underwent a surgery procedure that apparently could add 15-20 years to her life — she’s 69 years old — and she told the Associated Press today that she’s engaged to longtime pal William “Willie” Wilkerson. The wedding, which will be her third, will take place this summer in Miami Beach and she’s mulling over getting a dress from Valentino, Donna Karan, and Vera Wang. [RS]