Aretha Franklin Calls Off Wedding: Releases Statement

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Aretha Franklin announced three weeks ago that she and her "forever friend" William Wilkerson would wed this summer.  A new statement indicates the planned nuptials will not take place.

The press release said, "Regretfully, To Our Friends and Supporters: 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."

It continued, "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."

The Queen of Soul has lost a significant amount of weight since undergoing gastric bypass surgery in early 2011.

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