NEW YORK (AP) — Now that the Queen of Soul has found her king, she's focusing on all the key details of her upcoming nuptials, including the place, the entertainment and, most important, the dress.
"You know I am very hands-on. There is no way in the world anyone else could do my wedding other than myself, along with whomever I select to do various things," she told The Associated Press.
Aretha Franklin announced to the AP in a statement earlier this week that she was engaged to longtime friend Willie Wilkerson. In a phone interview Wednesday night from Atlanta, where her late father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, was to be honored by the Trumpet Awards for his achievements, a jovial Franklin said Wilkerson's proposal wasn't entirely unexpected.
"We were ... just kind of talking along those lines, and then it got very serious," she said. "I just said, 'Is that a proposal?' and he said 'yes.' And that's how that happened; we just kind of talked into it."